More rain with a side of bears

It is a dark, rainy Saturday morning here in the San Joaquin Valley. Just three weeks till Christmas. Four weeks of 2022 left on the calendar. Yet, I feel a lot must still be accomplished before turning that last month’s page and starting anew.

Today, on rain soaked roads, we will travel across the city to what feels like another city or state or world. The teddy bears for the first graders have arrived at the home of the man in charge of the school resiliency coaches so we will congregate there to pick up our students’ bears. In my case, 90 bears.

Although I love to see the children’s faces when they receive their bear, and hear their stories over the years of how much the bear has meant to them, it is a huge amount of work. Work that is totally unseen. I know this and feel this to my core, any time I see news of toy drives, food giveaways, meals for the homeless and the hungry. It is a huge amount of work to make that happen. The people who accomplish the task make it look easy, but it is not. So, if you know someone involved in such a project, please do all you can to support their work.


8 responses to “More rain with a side of bears

  1. Such important work and I did a bit of this for the homeless back in the day. Shelter and a good dinner over the season and some story telling. Heartbreaking when so many are out on the streets through misfortune.

  2. Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for all those who labor for love and are unseen. You and your work is priceless to many. Thank you for being YOU. 🙂

  3. You’re SO right that nonprofit volunteers (and staff) can do a lot of unseen work. I once did, too. Back in the day I purchased warm winter clothes and toiletries throughout the year for homeless patients who would be spending Xmas in the county-funded alcohol/drug detoxification center operated by my then-nonprofit agency. My husband and I delivered the gift-wrapped packages a day or two before Xmas. It was an effort well worth it, but, yes, it took some work.

    I used to be a high-energy person, but those days are gone. I’m so glad I did what I could when I could. Lots of “hoorays” to dzkody and all those who are stepping up to help this year!

  4. my goodness 90 bears – but thanks for doing this, from your comments on other years, there is appreciation

  5. I have read and enjoyed your posts for quite some time. Not one to comment but there are two reasons to do so now. Thank you for all the behind the scenes work you do. Many years working in social services and volunteering where I can since retirement I truly know it would not be possible without the teams of wonderful people like you to make others less privileged happy. My other reason for thanks is you introduced me to Louise Penny and DI Armand Gamache. I am reading the first one in the series and just love the characters. I am fond of British police procedural books – the French are now a favorite too.

  6. I am always in awe of the those wonderful people who dedicate their lives to helping those in need.

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