Feeding The Hungry
Nothing makes me happier during the holidays than seeing someone else happy. It truly makes me happy to see them smile, whether it be my family or someone in need. This past Saturday I was part of a group that was able to help put some smiles on faces.
In partnership with Echoes of Love Ministry, Living Off the Land kicked off the holiday season with an amazing spaghetti and meatball dinner this past Saturday, December 18 in Colton, California. Hundreds enjoyed a nutritious meal complete with Santa delivering toys for all the children. Check back for details on our next event. Happy Holidays!
We had a very large group of volunteers pitch in to greet people, hand out meals and help as Santa handed out gifts to each and every child there. It was such a beautiful sight to see the little kids jumping up and down just to get a chance to talk to Santa. Then, when they were each given a gift, to watch their faces light up. I enjoyed just talking with people and letting them know I really did want them to have a Merry Christmas.
The very best part of the day that just made me grin from ear-to-ear was seeing the kids with Santa. One little girl about 2 1/2 years old was jumping up and down in her excitement to tell Santa what she wanted. But Santa didn't stop there. One little boy was given a firetruck that was fully functional. His face lit up like a fireworks display. His dad looked at us with a tear in his eye and just said, 'Thank you.' Each of us around were sure to wish him a Merry Christmas and we couldn't have been happier. Now, Santa had overheard a young girl claim that she really wanted a Barbie for Christmas. She mentioned it a few times and wouldn't you know it, Santa had one in his sack just for her. After opening her gift, she ran up and told Santa that was exactly what she asked for. That, my friends, is what makes me happy.
Everyone that pitched in did an excellent job. To the staff at Echoes of Love Ministry, thank you. Everyone was courteous, giving and they did all of the cooking. It was truly an honor to be a part of something so good.