Monday, December 14, 2009

Sorry, I'm not really a slacker.

I am having issues with my computer right now so I am unable to upload any pictures of all the cool things we've been doing. If I could upload from work, I would,but unfortunately I can't. I'll figure out something. For example, this past weekend we went to 3 Christmas parades and 2 Christmas Festivals. That was fun just for us because this week Santa and the Mrs. with Scott D'Elf making cameos, is busy, busy, busy. Wednesday is our only free day. But of course now that I've stated that, someone will call and need us then. But that's okay because I just LOVE this time of year. We also saved another dog this past weekend. We brought home a bassett hound from one of the Christmas Festivals. Scott somehow found himself talking to a city worker who said the dog had been abandoned and that they were going to call Animal Control to come pick it up. Our Animal Control holds animals for 30 days and if no one shows up to claim it, they try for another 30 days to adopt it out. After that the animal gets euthanized. So once Hut heard Animal Control, he told the girl, we'll take the dog home. We named him Baxter, but I think that's going to change to Buddy because that's what we all call him, lol. He's taking to our other pets really well and our other pets are still getting used to him. Once I can upload photos, I'll post some pictures. Tonight we are off to an event with Foster children. We did this event last year and it became one of our favorites. Last year Santa got to sit down and color with the kids and they all had a blast. So we are looking forward to this one. Tomorrow night is Santa calling. This is an event where we call children whose parents have registered them for the calls. I will not be Mrs. Claus, I will be the North Pole Operator. I will place the call to let the children know that Santa is on the line for them. We will do this for about 2 hours. Hut's been doing this for close to 10 years now. I've only been able to do it for the last couple. But we get to do it together and we have alot of fun. Thursday is a really busy day for us. We have 3 events that day. I had to take the day off. In the morning we do an event with the police department at a local nursing home. Last year was the first year I did this event. It's just as much fun as doing an event with children. Those older people are so happy to have a change in their lives for a few hours. The police department hands out gifts, we sing songs, we go caroling down the halls for people who can't leave their rooms. In the afternoon we have a new event with a place that helps adults with psycological problems (I'm trying to be politically correct here, but I'm not sure I am, oh well). So I can't really say anthing about this event. Thursday night is our Snow Central here in Winter Haven. The City supplies snow to play in and slide down. Santa and his helpers will be there, bounce houses for the kids, lots of vendors. It's always tons of fun. Friday night we do another event for different Foster children. Hut's done this one for the past 3 years, this is my second year. It's a good event, we have fun doing it. Saturday we have 2 more events, Project Outreach with the Winter Haven Police Department and the Police Department Christmas Party. Project Outreach is through the DARE program. It's a program to try to keep kids away from Drugs. Officer Terry Bowden is the one who heads up this program. He gets a list of about 12 families in need from the local schools. Not only do the police officers by gifts for the kids, but food is also taken for the family to have a good meal on Christmas. Walmart donates $2,500 every year to help out with this. It's a great cause and we love doing this one. The police department Christmas Party I've helped with off and on during the past 10 years or so. Hut's been doing it a loooooong time. We enjoy this. It's great to be able to mingle with law enforcement with their families. That's a side of them most people don't get to see. After that we have nothing booked yet. But you never know. Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures from these events in the near future.


Missy's Blog said...

Bonnie ... the things you and Uncle Santa do for your community this time of year is beyond words.

I know how much everyone appreciates it ... the kids, the older folks, the parents, everyone in the communities you touch.

You are special people and I hope you know I appreciate everything you do for everyone.

Sending you a great big cyber hug!


Cecile said...

I want to come to Winter Haven to see all of the events you guys are in and to see Buddy:) can;t wait to see pics:)

Cole Maner said...

Hey Bonnie,
I am back doing my blog again.Hope you have a nice Christmas.