Hello readers! I apologize that I have been M.I.A. It is that time of year when we are all getting the opportunity to play Santa. This year, I am coordinating assistance for 51 of our families--a whopping total of 132 children. I have done more in the past. I have been very busy making phone calls, taking donations to go shopping, and pretty soon it will be time to organize it all and start handing it out. Our local Rotary Club is generous enough to provide one box of food per family, and today I just went to pick up 75 bags of toys from Toys for Tots. It is a big job, but someone has to do it! I always tell my staff and donors that I feel like its not fair that I'm the only one who gets to give the actual "giving." I start out by sending applications to my families who have participated in the past and/or are a part of our Backpack Bunch program. These go out in October! Once I have them back, I create a "christmas tree" for each child listing their clothing size, shoe size, and wish list. I still have about 20 families to fulfill and time's ticking away! It always seems to come together, but it is definately one of the most stressful (and rewarding) parts of my job. It's totally worth it to know that all of my students will have a smile on their face on Christmas morning.