Some awesome ladies I have the honor of being friends with run an organization called K.I.D.S. Cuddlekit Closet. Their goal for this winter was to help clothe 150 school aged children for the winter AND give them a day they will never forget, and they achieved their goal and then some. I was invited to bring a few of my own students from Rancho.
From 11:30 - 4:00 these students rode horses, went to a petting zoo, kicked some karate butt, tested out law enforcement vehicles, watched a hot air balloon get blown up, played in snow, made cotton candy, iced cookies to give to a retirement home, got their faces painted, heard a story, and so so so much more!
Our New Moon event was a small way to get involved with this special day, and next year I hope to do so much more to help. I would encourage each of you to look at their website and see what wonderful things they do for our community's children throughout the year. So many people volunteered and helped make this event a success. Now four of my students will be sporting new shoes and hoodies to school Monday. Not to mention, they all saw Santa and went home with one wrapped present containing something from their wish list! This organization truly makes a difference, and it's one you can witness for yourself. Tears came to my eyes several times today, but the best was when one of my students was skipping around outside saying, "This is the best day ever!" Mind you, this was long before the presents were given out.
Other quotes heard throughout my awesome day:
"These are Vans! REAL Vans."
"This is the coolest fake snow. I've never been in real, fake snow before!"
"We get surprises?! You mean, there's more?"
"Mrs. Lemmon, how long do we get to stay here?"
"Is all this for me to keep?"
P.S. Okay, Okay...I let them open their wrapped gifts in the car. I couldn't wait!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Posted by Sabra at 10:27 PM