Another amazing experience, helping with the island food drive this year. We helped bag food Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Friday we began the island-wide food and toy distribution. It was so much fun having Rachel with us this year and having her be a part of this ministry. She enjoyed meeting all our friends and working along side them and then meeting all the families that we were privileged to bless with food and gifts. The children really touched her heart.
The Friday distribution gang. We loaded about 10 vehicles with food, toys, candy and workers.
Greg hugs a little boy at one of our stops. Greg is the premier hugger of our group. He said he is so blessed by all the hugs he gives out. I know he blessed many people - young and old!
One of the starkest stops we made. These men all live near the dump and spend their lives in the dump sorting through garbage to retrieve plastic and aluminum to recycle. That is how they earn a living. When we pulled up here, they came running from the dump. They were very polite and so appreciative.
This little guy was so happy to see Santa. This photo just makes me smile. So sweet. Most of the kids were quick to hug us and thank us.
A toy in one hand and a bag of treats in the other.
Happy children. They get so excited when they see Santa pull up in his pickup truck. Santa was such a trooper, wearing the full Santa outfit all day. It was a bit cooler, thanks to some cloud cover, but still probably around 80 degrees. He would crank up the air-conditioning in the truck in between stops, trying to get cool.
Shy little boys showing off their new trucks. They were much happier than they appear. Honest!
The little girls loved these princess castles.
A very serious baby girl and her grandmother.
I loved this group of Seniors at the Church of God in Flowers Bay. They were so colorful!
Santa had lots of good helpers...and he needed them with all those kids waiting for toys!!
This was such an enjoyable day, bringing some Christmas cheer to needy families and a lot of joy to the children. We feel every bit as blessed as they do by this outreach effort. A humbling and gratifying experience for sure. So happy to have been able to share this with Rachel.