This time of year is filled with the hustle and bustle of creating the perfect holiday season. Whether it’s parties, shopping, wrapping, baking cookies, cooking large, elaborate meals or juggling time off and excited children, it can bring stress and excitement bundled together.
This year, I had the privilege of coordinating my work’s efforts for two amazing programs: Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination and WAHU Stockings. Both great programs that truly make a difference in others’ lives.
The Grand Illumination has grown from a few hundred to approximately 4,000 in two short years. This event is remarkable because of the beauty, wonder and sense of community that resonates all night long. It’s a wonderful event and I’m so glad to be a part of it. It’s a great way to bring joy, beauty and unity to the community we love.
The second program, WAHU Stockings, humbles me. The program provides gifts for local teens whose siblings receive gifts through the Angel Tree Program. As the parent of a 12-year-old and 15-year-old, the WAHU Stockings program resonates on a deep level with me. The thought of not being able to provide a special holiday for my children is heart wrenching. Then I imagine my daughter getting gifts and my son waking up to nothing. It’s devastating.
It is such a privilege and honor to be a part of making the holidays brighter for underprivileged teens in our area. To all of you who gave, shopped, sorted and stuffed, thank you. My heart was warmed by the sea of red bags, lined up and filled with special gifts for these teenagers and I am so grateful I got to be a part of making this magic happen for others.