Believe it or not the only reason that I am having the opportunity to blog is that the Open Door Mission phone lines are down. The only mode of communication for me is by email or in person. Since, no one is beating down my front door, I thought that I would take the opportunity to catch you up on a few things. Especially, since several blogger watchers have complained that I have not been blogging. Sorry, but it is a little busy down here.
Well, Saturday was awesome. Hundreds of children attended Open Door Mission’s Happy Birthday Jesus Party. They were entertained by St. James Untied Methodist Church’s puppet team and magician Joe Cole. We had a great time celebrating Jesus birthday with our annual singing of Happy Birthday Jesus and blowing out the candles on the cake. Because of the generosity of the community through Operation Santa, every child received received a gift bag. These bags are taken home and the parents wrap the gifts to be under the tree from themselves or Santa. A great big thank you to KFAB and KGOR.
On Monday, MITA dropped off their annual donation of new educational books. There were more than 7,000 new books. These books are sorted by age and gender by volunteers and used in the Operation Santa bags, at Lydia House so that all homeless children have a new book of their own, and at Back To School Bash. This is a wonderful partnership that provides new books to homeless and near homeless children in our community.
On Tuesday, 94.1 and their team of listeners provided more than 217,000 diapers for the babies and toddlers of the Lydia House. The majority of the mothers seeking shelter at the Lydia House are victims of domestic violence, to have diapers provided is a huge burden lifted. Also, not to mention the right sizes for each baby and child are readily available because of this program. This program is allowing the Community Services department of the Open Door Mission to expand their preventive measure programs in 2007. The working poor families that attend life skills classes such as budgeting and parenting will be given diapers for their time spent in class. 94.1 Thanks for keeping so many bums (baby bottoms) dry throughout the year.
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