Men of McCallie,
This coming Monday is one of my favorite days of the year. It is the day that Dean Bires and his “elves” deliver the presents for the Westside Elementary School Angel Tree. It reminded me of several of my “greatest hits” coming from the kids at the school when they see the incredible number and variety of gifts you guys provide for them.
About five years ago, as we walked through the gym, there were a bunch of little kids taking P.E. class. I think they must have been kindergarten age or so. When I came through the door carrying a bag in each hand, a little girl dropped her hula hoop, through her head back, and with her arms outstretched yelled,
“I just love presents” followed by, “I just love Christmas”.
She then proceeded to follow me peppering me with questions until her teacher told her to get back to the hula hoop……..
Later that evening, my wife, who teaches at the school, told me that one of her 1st graders…..a lively lad…..came to her and whispered,
“Mrs. Sholl, Santa’s elves came to school today…….But, they were disguised as regular humans. You should have seen all of the stuff they brought us.”
Taking part in this special day makes me happy because I know that the gifts are going to bring some big smiles to some small faces. It makes me proud because of the incredible generosity I have witnessed on the Ridge for many years. It makes me remember how blessed I am in so many areas of my life.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Men. I hope you do well on your exams.