Although the day was damp and dreary, my house was bright and cheery. Today was my Open House. I was thrilled to see all the wonderful visitors who came to see my many trees. It was a pleasure to share the stories behind the fifteen trees. Yes, I did say fifteen. I had planned on fourteen but wanted to tell another story so, I pulled out an extra one of many extras and got to work.
Today’s Christmas story is not only about those smiling faces but of generous hearts, hearts that never cease to amaze me. When I started planning this adventure, I knew I wanted to help others in need. So, when I advertised for my event, I asked those attending to either bring a non-perishable food item for The Nazareth Food Bank or gently used winter gear for our local homeless shelter, Safe Harbor. As each guest arrived, I was overwhelmed by the number of items brought for both organizations. It was wonderful!
As I sit on my comfy couch, writing this story I cannot help but see two large totes, one overflowing with canned vegetables, fruit, macaroni, and everything under the sun to make many nutritious meals. The other stacked high with gently used coats, a bag of practically new shoes, a purse or two, sweatshirts and lots of socks! I think my heart and I both said, Wow,” at the same time!
In this day and age, with the multitude of sadness surrounding us on a daily basis, those precious men and women with hearts so big soothed my soul, and for six hours, all was well in the world.
How do I begin to thank the generous hearts that gave so much? First, you brighten my day. Through your generosity, many families will be able to make a delicious hot meal or two for their family. And, the residents of Safe Harbor will be nice and warm because of your kindness. Thank you, earth angels for your generous donations.
When we help others, we help ourselves.