The Neer family is all merry and bright this December! Lights are up on the house, the grocery-getter is dressed up like Rudolph, and we have taken our first tour of neighborhood light shows and already ran out of hot cocoa. And of course, we have put up our Christmas tree, a tree that has so many lights and ornaments it already looks a little droopy, dog tails have knocked off the bottom two feet of ornaments and the nightly WWF events have led me to believe that it will eventually get knocked over at least once this holiday season. Nevertheless, it’s a great tree and creates a certain kind of wonder in our home.
For the past seven December’s the hubby and I have tried to celebrate the holiday while searching for a way that makes sense. We struggle, but every Christmas we find something that creates sparkle in the boy’s eyes and a new tradition we can carry on to the next year.
Somewhere in between the search and the sparkle is the toy drive. Every year I wonder if we have it in us to continue and worry that maybe we won’t be able to make an impact. Yet every year we gear up, make flyers, talk to friends, host events and make toy drive wishes, which you all make come true.
We have two shopping weekends left before our drive to Sacred Heart and things are looking a little slim. Sutton’s tree is a little lonely and I’m hoping that while you are out and about over the next 10 days you will grab an item that would be perfect for our pediatric patients and their siblings. We will make every effort to work with schedules for delivery and pickups or you can always drop them in one of our bins. Our Cascade Elementary School students will be shopping next weekend, so don’t forget to go online to www.youcaring.com/2017SuttonsToyDrive if that works out a bit better for you – they are really good at finding the best stuff!
I hope that all of you are spending time with family and friends, enjoying old and new traditions and that there is a sense of wonder in your home!