A few of you are still eating the last of the Halloween candy, none of us has cooked the turkey yet, and some of you might still be recovering from last Christmas. But, hey, happy Christmas anyway (though tempted, I thought “Merry Christmas, Darling” might be a bit too familiar)! It doesn’t matter if you’re staying local or heading home for the holidays, ready or not, here comes Santa Claus.
Whether you are planning a white Christmas, blue Christmas, or a holly, jolly Christmas, we hope this Christmas will be wonderful for “you and your kin.” But, with the struggles that some Corona families are experiencing, you have to wonder: do they know it’s Christmas? This is the perfect time of year to consider the needs of others. We have 180 children this year, ages 3-5 from lower income families, for whom we hope to provide gifts. For many of these children, without us, it would not be the most wonderful time of the year.
If you want to help, please let Amy and me know if you would like to get a gift for a boy or girl (please include your phone number and department). Then, we will send you a gift tag through inter-office mail with the child’s name and wishes. We ask that you limit your generosity to $50 per child. As many of these children need clothes, please include clothing, shoes and a toy in your gift. By the way, you may provide for as many children as you wish. Many of you have been incredibly generous in past years.
Imagine… on the morning of December 14th, the kids are gathered in the library, all is quiet (except for the annoying drone of the Chipmunk Song), and gifts are stacked dozens high (it’s clearly beginning to look a lot like Christmas). Then, sirens blare and someone hollers, “do you hear what I hear?” Nearly 200 preschoolers scream—it’s Santa, baby and he’s flying in on a Corona fire truck with full police escort, shouting “Merry Christmas... Feliz Navidad…” While not his usual sleigh ride, everyone loves it. Moments later, in walks little Saint Nick—even the bad kids, who thought they were gettin’ nuttin’ for Christmas, realize there’s something for them too because Christmas ain’t Christmas until everyone gets a gift.
Your generosity makes that whole scene possible. So, request a tag; run, Rudolph, run (and you too) and buy those gifts; wrap them in pretty paper and bind them together, affix the tag with the child’s name on it, and get them to the library by Friday, December 7th. It will be Christmas once again because of you. Can I get an amen to that!
By the way, if you want to help at the party, we could surely use you—just send an email to let us know. We’d need you there by 9:00 a.m. No matter what, we wish you the merriest…. So, go ahead, have yourself a merry little Christmas and thank you for making a difference in a child’s life.
Merry Christmas, All, and Happy Holidays (however you celebrate),