If you have been following our holiday updates for the last few years, you know that in December 2005, we "adopted" Christina and her children for Christmas. Christina's mother had passed away during the summer of 2005, and Christina was having a difficult time making ends meet with such a large family, but little in the way of outside support. We so enjoyed the experience that we decided that we would keep adopting this each Christmas while the kids were growing up. In August 2007, we realized that we should also help the family with all the school supplies needed for the kids in addition to continuing to help Santa with Christmas. In 2008, we did school supplies again in August, and reconnected for the holidays -- this time just before Thanksgiving. Christina had scraped together all of her nickels and dimes, and rented a house -- the first time since her mother's death that the family could be in a house, not an apartment.
While the four walls and a roof were great, furnishings in the home were sparse -- only three beds and no tables, chairs, dressers or chests and frankly, very little in the kitchen. So little, in fact, that there wasn't a refrigerator. Well, our little "Buffalo Gap Gang" (Ruth Ann, Tom, Nancy, Gene, Betsy, Barry, Linda, Aliceann, Cary, Lota, and our recruits) decided to really get busy and help. We found a refrigerator, table, chairs, 5 additional beds, chests of drawers for each child, sofas, washer/dryer and filled their pantry and their bathroom with necessities. What an awesome feeling! Friends joined in, particularly Nancy Ann and John (thank you so much)!
Get involved in your community. You'll be glad you did!
The Great Laundry Caper
It is amazing, in this day and age, that a parent might have to choose between having money for food or money to do laundry. So, what does a parent choose? You guessed it -- food. So, what could we do to help the family? Laundry -- we started with what we thought would be a "day's" worth of laundry at the local laundromat. After 80 loads in one day, we realized we were only about 1/3rd through the piles. We did 250 loads of laundry, followed by sorting and folding. This was a true labor of love and Christina was ever so thankful. If you want to know what this looked like, check out the photos below where we sorted and folded in an effort that took over our three-car garage.
Before Santa's visit to the Salazars on Christmas eve, his helpers met for a few wrapping sessions. Many, many folks contributed to this effort, and we have a pictures of a few. While we have pictures of Ruth Ann, Linda, Jordan, Betsy and Nancy, we mustn't forget those that are not pictured -- Elly, Kain, Gene, Lota and Cary all contributed to the wrapping effort. Also contributing to the overall gifting process were The Lowe Family (John, Kristi, Meredith and Cameron), The Reves (Nancy Ann and John), The Darbys (Lynlee and kids) and the Smiths (John, Nadene and Tucker). From our hearts to yours, we thank you so very much! God bless you all!
Santa Visits on Christmas Eve
The culmination of this season's fun efforts by the Buffalo Gap gang is the opportunity to accompany Santa on his Christmas Eve visit to Christina and her children. The smiles were food for our souls, and this short visit truly makes our holiday special. Here are some photos commemorating this event.
Get out and help folks less fortunate in your community. Trust us, it is a thrill like you've never experienced before!