Today we had four things going on: a quick fix ortho appointment for Bethany who broke a bracket on Friday, a Holiday party at Grandma’s place, presents for the homeless, and ice skating.
The first appointment went fast. The Holiday party went slow.
We got there at 11 and they were singing carols, we left at 12 and they were still singing carols.
Grandma wasn’t happy that we had to leave, and the food looked really good, but we had to be downtown to meet friends, so we said bye in between songs. Downtown we met at the library and put stuff on the benches.
We had cookies and candy canes, socks, gloves, scarves, water bottles, and cards to go into the bags. Too bad the bags weren’t red or green, blue was the only color RAFT had when I picked them up. The kids grabbed bags and started stuffing them with the items and before you knew it – we had 30 bags made.
It was snowing lightly as we walked outside.
We gave away a few bags in the park, but this time we had to walk the mall to give away more of the bags.
We ended up with about 7 bags left over and we each took some to put in our cars to hand out later. I was kind of surprised that we had bags left over, but most of the homeless crowd were indoors somewhere.
We went to the skating rink and it was packed.
While the kids were skating it started snowing and for awhile it was coming down like a blizzard.
I don’t know how much more wintry you can get: ice skating, snow and ‘Walking in a Winterland’ playing in the background. Finally, everyone was cold enough to quit skating and come into Corner Bakery for cookies and hot drinks. We waited out the snow and by the time we left there were just a few flakes falling. We had a few people who couldn’t make it out today, so I’m sure we have enough stuff for 20 or so more homeless bags. We’ll probably get those together in January and take them to the shelter to hand out.
That was a fun, though very long, day. Tomorrow we have nothing to do until 2, we’re meeting with friends to make hot cocoa jars. Then, by golly, it’s Christmas Eve.