Greetings friends! Well, we are more than a week into December, so I'm rather behind with my blog title! So what's new? Well, things have been busy here. In happy news, we received a $3,000 grant from the DCU for Kids Foundation. The foundation has been supporting us for the past few years and I'm really happy about that. Having that ongoing annual support is absolutely critical for us. In order to keep growing, you need to have a strong base to build on. I got a little nervous before I opened the envelope because it seemed really thin. I always feel the envelopes from grantors before I open them- trying to guess whether it will bring good news or not. If it feels thin, I brace myself for bad news. Thankfully, this time I was needlessly bracing myself for bad news!
In other news, I'm working on getting the gifts together for our annual holiday party at the Boston Public Health Commission's Entre Familia homeless shelter in Mattapan. Some friends and board members have very generously donated gifts and I will buy gifts this week. I'm so happy that we have a Santa Claus coming to visit the children. One of our fire fighter supporters dresses up as a Santa- he's been to some of our events before and he is on board to come to our holiday party and greet the children. The kids are going to love it! Shepherd and Goldstein, a local accounting business is going to be wrapping all the gifts for us and they're donating $250 as well. I'm really looking forward to shopping for the kids. It is so much fun to buy toys!
Women's Success Network, the womens networking group that I am a member of, chose Project Smile as one of the two charities for their December holiday dinner- they asked members to bring in new items for us. The members were very generous and donated a lot of coloring books, crayons and some toys and art items. I really appreciated all the effort they made to donate such nice items.
Well, that's the latest for tonight. I'm off to eat my grapefruit, then spend at least a few minutes tidying up my office. Until tomorrow friends...