Hope you are all enjoying a jolly old time, with friends, family and food. That is what the holidays are all about. Some excellent meals, killer game-nights and generally catching up going on at our house, with three sons, parents and sister from Amsterdam all converging. It's been busy... Talk about your polar vortex!
I am very late in giving a final followup on the Caring Hearts Card Drive, Canada-side. You can click onto Vera's blog to see her final post. The drive was a HUGE success this year.
The total number of cards I received for distribution was:
Woo hoo! These were sent in by 36 wonderful, generous and talented card-makers. Thank you all! It was a treat for me to see your outstanding handy-work.
The prize I promised to the person sending in the most cards went to Adrian Michaud. She conceived of a service project for her son's scout troupe. She made a couple dozen Christmas cards and had the scouts write personal notes to seniors inside. She contacted the Madonna Nursing Home, in Orleans, Ontario. When she found out that there were 160 seniors, many of whom would not be receiving Christmas gifts or greetings from family and friends, she decided to make a card for EACH ONE. That's right, she personally make 160 cards. Way to go, Adrian! You have a huge heart!♥
The remainder of the 1020 cards were sent on to 17 nursing homes.
One of my "elves" who attended my card-making workshops had the idea to have her group, Ottawa Therapy Dogs, help distribute the cards as they made their regular nursing home canine visits. She called the project "Operation Reindog," and the dogs and their handlers really got into it!
We also received some lovely feed-back on the cards themselves:
"I should like to thank Ottawa Therapy Dogs for sending a Christmas card via Claudia & Simba to my wife Helen Young. Helen has lived at The Ravines retirement home for the past four years but is unable to reply herself because of dementia. She did however enjoy the card which is beautifully handmade and unlike any other we have seen" (from a resident's husband).
"Harris and I did watch "guests" opening these beautiful hand-crafted cards. I have to admit that I had not looked at any beforehand. They are SPECTACULAR!!!!
Please extend my huge thanks to Caroline and all of the amazing women who have made this happen" (from one of the Reindog's handlers).
So there you are, folks! You gave some people beautiful reasons to smile this Christmas. Just another reminder that it is just as blessed to give as to receive.
Happy holidays, and all the best for 2015.
Love you all to bits!