Last night in between Skidazzle, Soccer Meetings, Birthday Parties and Grocery runs I carved out a few moments because I wanted to stalk Mary and Q drop in on Mary and Q’s holiday fundraiser. The evite (thanks for keeping it green) read:
We’re having a Holiday Party/Fundraiser for Toys For Troops. We are raising funds to help ship Christmas care packages to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.. ***This special holiday event is sponsored by Barefoot Wines and will be catered.*** $10.95 will sponsor the shipment of one package to one soldier – but please feel free to donate more (remember it’s completely tax deductible!) For more information about Toys for Troops check out http://www.toysfortroops.blogspot.com/ ***or*** http://www.toys-for-troops.com Come have a good time and support a great cause! Look for the house with the multi-color Christmas lights in the tree.
Cool, I’ll get to see the swanky pad, determine if Q actually has a top of his head (the jury is still out) and meet GloZell.
I popped in just as the party was beginning and was greeted by GloZell and Randy Carver. If you’ve never been greeted by Mary, Glo and Randy, you’ve never been properly greeted.
As I was examining the donation form I was shown pictures of a fallen soldier.
With a puppy.
So another woman (I’m sorry, I don’t know who) and I stood and cried and wrote checks two and three times the size that we’d intended.
GloZell and I posed with our hero. Because it felt right to kick of December with a party for our troops.
Of course I was the only adult there who had no makeup, flat shoes and an outfit that could be purchased for $59.99 total in your local juniors department. Ugh, grow up already Jess!
I told the kids about the fundraiser and here’s what my 10 year old Jane said.
It’s really important because if we give them our toys and candy then they can give it to the Iraqi kids and the kids will show the soldiers where the bombs are. Then the soldiers won’t die and when I’m a grown-up the Iraqi kids won’t hate Americans any more.
Except she said it all in one sweet breath.