Annie and I are making a donation to the Baby Greyson Grace Fund. Greyson is the son of our friends Chris & Kelly and spent most of his first 7 months in the hospital because of a tracheoesophageal fistula. Happy holidays to Karla, Jamie, and Lula, and as always, we hold Theo close in our hearts.
Daisy Troop 5449 took LOADS of gifts to a family in need--4 year old K. and her mom, who is expecting a new baby in a couple of months They loaded up the house with new Dora and Doc stuff, books, toys, clothes, a stroller, a carseat, baby tub, blankets, supplies and more! Such a wonderful thing to do for this beautiful family!
From Dyanne Helbert:
Mama died January 29, 2013 and I had not until this past summer gone through her belongings
and still didn’t know what to do with them. When my friends came for a visit, I asked them if they would help me clean out her things. We packed all Mama’s clothes and put them in their SUV. Still I couldn’t decide where to send them or who would even want them. While we were sitting in the living room that evening my friends’ daughter turned on Theo’s tree. Theo is my Grandson, and I keep his tree decorated with beautiful dragonflies and clear lights always. As I sat looking at the tree I decided to send Mama’s things to Wise Manor, a nursing facility in our hometown of Wise, VA. So many of the residents there have very little or no family to get things for them. The administrator there was so happy as she said, “to receive so much
new and almost new clothing for the residents.” I know both Mama and her Great Grandson, Theo are happy with my gift of kindness year.
From Amy Martin:
As I was out and about today I made a special effort to hold doors for others, help old people with their bags, generally be extra nice and helpful in memory of Theo. Hopefully I made a few people's days a little bit easier.
From The Pandolfe Family:
I think this is a wonderful tradition. Each year, Theo’s Stocking makes me reflect on the year that’s passed to see if I’ve been kind to people. The one thing I might get right is to teach my kids that those around us in need are not invisible. We offer money and we roll down our car window for the homeless person standing at the side of the road. We check in with the man or woman sitting on the sidewalk and, while giving that person some money that might help, also take a moment to recognize them as a brother or sister. Each time, I think the same thing -- that it could just as easily be us sitting there in need. I try to be consistent this way and, if there’s anything I’ve taught my kids, I hope it’s that we’ve shown them that those who need help are people just like us, who deserve our full attention, love and care. They are not invisible and we will not pass them by as if they aren’t there.
David, Carri, Samantha and Cooper