Season of Giving
December 19, 2011
Hey everyone ~ what a fabulous weekend we had! It was a great party Saturday night with many of our friends and family in attendance. We all gathered in the living room around the piano and sang carols with a loud rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas that included everyone at the party ~ it’s the highlight and an annual tradition. We spent Sunday in San Francisco at the Dickens Fair (ever been? very fun!) and touring Union Square with the big tree right in the center all lit up for the season. Here’s another tour of San Francisco at Christmas you might enjoy . . .
As you all know, the mister and I adopted a house earlier this year (see this post on origin of the Alma Project) and we’ve spend the year fixing up the house when we had a spare weekend thanks to donations from so many of you. On Friday, we stopped by to surprise the families with a Christmas tree and some other holiday decorations.
Becky from Vinyl Crafts kindly donated this inspirational subway art for the wall and a fresh wreath and poinsettias brought some Christmas cheer to the kitchen nook.
The girls wanted a real but white tree, so I dusted the fir with light flocking, which shows off their favorite brightly colored ornaments, then some of the family members helped decorate.
We had a few hundred dollars left in the Alma account, so I made a list of the needs of the household and did some shopping. Under the tree are some new blankets, new sets of flannel sheets, a kitchen mat, plus a few small gifts we donated too.
The remaining money we have left will go to purchase two sets of woven shades for the breakfast nook and kitchen. This December concludes our work for the Alma House and exhausts all the funds raised. If you’re interested in reading more posts on the Alma Project from the year read the following: Entry Upgrades; Media Storage Center; and the Laundry Center.
We were so happy to have had this project this past year, and to have met the women and children who live in the house. I cannot say thank you enough to the kind individuals who donated to the project throughout the year, you really did help make a difference in the lives of these families!
We look forward to adopting a second house next year, so stay tuned for more details in 2012.
Speaking of this season of giving, I was honored to be one of the ten bloggers chosen to be a part of Home Depot’s Gift of Good program (mentioned here) and nominate a nearby military family for a chance to win $20,000 in home improvement. My nominated family (Lee and James) did not win the big prize, but I got the best news last week. The Home Depot generously donated $5,000 in home repairs to ALL of the military families nominated in the Gift of Good program, yahoo!!! (And a big congrats to Stacy who’s family did win the big prize!)
A team from Home Depot met at the house last Friday to assess the needs and they’re committed to up to $5,000 in necessary repairs, what a generous gift by Home Depot who brought a great Christmas blessing to this military family.
two Home Depot reps, Lee, and me
Reminder, the Cookie Party is tomorrow, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite recipes, and I hope you’ll stop by to link up one of your favorite treats too. Anything sweet that you’ve baked for the holiday season counts!
See you then,