Yesterday was one of the best days of my life.
Although I have been involved with Operation Santa Bronx for three years this is the first time I have been to PS55. What a beautiful building! The ONE good thing about our government not giving enough funding to schools like this is that they have not modernized it, leaving the oak railings, built-in cabinets, marble floors, wrought iron railings in place.
Wish I took more photos.
Does anyone ever say..,wish I took less photos? no.
Hard to stop and snap, we were a little busy not only getting the 600 or so bags, bikes, etc.. up to the second floor but it took quite some time to sort though it and organize them by classrooms, not to mention supplement the near empty bags the bad Santas filled. Seriously? You are going to give a 5 year old kid that believes in Santa a coat and a pack of cards in a garbage bag and that is it? Really? That part made me mad, we kept a 'naughty' list and they will not be asked back next year. Anyway, don't want that to spoil the fun, or the efforts of hundreds of people who did a great job.
Westy's a storage facility business in CT generously donates trucks, people, space and more towards the efforts every year. They sent their mascot this year, a giant white Westy terrier, to meet and greet the little kids whose Christmas wishes will be answered by all you great Santas out there.
Here is the doggie doing the hokey pokey with some pre-k kids. My heart literally exploded with joy when I realized one of my fave kids was in this class. He asked Santa for Michael Jackson CDs and socks. How flippin' cute!!
I got him a keyboard you can make music on
(with headphones, you are welcome family members)
and those MJ CDs. Rock on little bud!
I'll miss those toys around the house,
wrapping 'till the wee hours.
But it's never too early to think about next year and how to make it bigger and better for those little tikes who deserve all the happiness they can get!
Now to try and get Christmas together for my clan.
Merry Christmas to one and all!