Here is something to brighten your day

Do you have your holiday shopping done yet?  I know some kids in our community who do. 

On Saturday, December 1st and then last night, December 12th, I had the opportunity to help kids shop for their families.  The kids are from families served by Avondale Youth Assistance and Pontiac Youth Assistance, a division of the Oakland County Family Court.  The kids got a chance to buy gifts for their families (not for themselves) because Christmas and Hanukkah are about giving–not just receiving. 

So assisted by adult volunteers from the Auburn Hills Morning  Optimist Club and Pontiac Youth Assistance a total of 36 got a chance to shop and then wrap their gifts for their families.  With Avondale kids we shopped courtesy of Meijer in Auburn Hills.  Thanks to and Tom Abney, store director and his assistant, Jennifer Birney.  The Pontiac kids shopped at Target in Auburn Hills.  A big thank you to Nick Krystyniak and all of the great store helpers. And another thank you to our city bus drivers Carol and Mel who make the who trip possible courtesy of the Seniors Department. 2012-12-12 18.31.32

The best part are the kids we get to meet.  Last night I helped an 11 year old named Isiah select $60 worth of gifts of his family.  He was a great shopper.  He had made out a list of who he wanted to shop for and we checked out all the sale racks trying to get the best value we could for the money we had to spend,  (Everyone lives on a budget, right?)  I think he was happy with his selections.  When we started wrapping gifts, he wasn’t too sure about how to get that done so I made a bargain with him that I would wrap and he could write the name tags which seemed to work pretty good.  When we finished, I helped the 14 year old girl sitting next to me wrap her gifts.  She said that she didn’t have a job so she had never had the opportunity to shop for gifts before.  She certainly seemed to be enjoying herself.  See the big box with the candy canes in the foreground of the photo at right?  It is a beautiful robe for her mother–I know she’ll love it. 

Here is a great video of our Meijer shopping trip.  Thanks to Steve Sucher.

I hope your holidays are merry and bright.