Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 18, Adopt-a-Class Day!

I've tried to get a variety of pics so that all you who donated might glimpse your toy, your clothes in some grateful little hands...

All ready to go! No tote undone. We needed two cars to take everything - this photo is missing 5 bags still. I thought how glad I was to have the bigger vehicle that we bought the day we had Jackson. At first it seemed cruel to have this reminder of what happened that day, but it's a blessing to use it to help others. I know - sounds cheesy, but it's true for me.
Here's one tote unpacked - new toy, used toy, new clothes, used clothes, shoes, pjs, socks. Some kids also got tooth brushes and/or undies (the undies the kids hid in the bottom of their totes so no one would see them!)I LOVED that Ami just jumped in and helped pass out lunch.What a doll baby. She got what she wanted - a light haired Barbie. If you look closely you'll see that she has nothing but black stubs for top teeth. This shook me - it showed a total lack of dental care/hygiene. Poor thing, to have lost them all at only 5 years old.

The saying goes, you have to give to receive. Amaris learned this through this project on a 5 year old level. Remember I said she tried to give her toys? Well, it was hard for her! Here is a precious girl that received some of Ami's toys -- she wanted dress up clothes so we gave her a tote filled with Ami's dress up clothes. The yellow pom poms were included in the bunch. Ami didn't want me to give them away. Never mind that she doesn't play with them. Ever. But look what she got the very next day ---

New red ones from a friend from school! I had to include this pic when Barbara emailed me the yellow pom pom one and I had this one on my camera to match it.

Look at these sweet girls. The doll was a used donation from a cousin. Isn't her smile so worth it?
Barbara - like me, had a hard time not crying a lot during the party. We STUFFED it and tried to help everyone have a memorable Christmas party. She really bonded with the blond in the back. The girl with the red Rudolph nose -- she stands out to me. Her hair was so greasy - her corduroys were filthy. She also got a tote of Ami's dress up clothes. She LOVED them! She loved the pink stuff best, but I could tell she had this giant need for more. More everything. She popped into all the pics. She tried on all the clothes. She asked other kids for their toys. She followed me around. When I called for Martha to come help me identify her clothes (they got mixed in with 2 other tote bags worth) she bounded over saying she was Martha. I pray for this little Rebecca, that she will get that hole filled and make it in this world.

This sweet Melanie was quiet and gentle. The teacher told me she just got out of surgery for a hernia.

I'm so glad my kids were there. They passed out lunches in the beginning. They passed out totes when it was time. Ami giggled with the girls and Caidgen showed the boys how to use their remote control cars.

Class pic right after lunch and before the totes were passed out.

Some of the girls were quite taken with Blue! He was so great that day. He says this is just what he wanted for Christmas. Guess that means I don't have to get him anything else for Christmas! Here what it looked like when we walked in. Literally there was an eruption of cheers. The class was so polite towards us with their please and thank yous.

Here's me and mama-to-be Jeni just before we walked into the class. She's the brains that got the totes donated and kept the class party running smoothly. Don't let the pic fool you - Barbara made the cupcakes, not me. I stayed up coughing all the night before while I wrapped the final gifts, and showed up to the party without a voice.


Bri said...

So, here is what I can't believe...1. I just saw you yesterday, and I didn't ask about how the party went because I didn't know when it was going to be! JERK!!
2. I can't believe I am honored as the first person to tell you how phenomenal this is. Truly. I am thrilled to see that everything came together so beautifully. I love the kids. I want to work there but have no real qualifications. I am genuinely touched.

Kaitlin Hakes said...

What a touching way to spend Christmas! You are amazing Kelly! We sure love your family!

Laura said...

What a neat experience! I think I would have cried seeing those kids so happy, and for your whole family to be there!

Suzette's Life said...

What a great experience. Good for you! I am sure those kids told everyone what happened that day! You are such an inspiration Kelly!!

Houston and Rachael said...

this is fantastic! What an awesome way to celebrate Christmas! 3 cheers for the Haught fam!!

Katie said...

Alright! So are we going to make this an ANNUAL thing??? (Does that idea totally overwhelm you or excite you?) Those kids are so precious - I wouldn't have been able to keep myself fact, I started crying when you wrote that the whole class broke out into cheers when you arrived. Congrats on pulling of this wonderful feat - takes a special person to make it happen and with so much love.

Holly Garvin said...

I love that you do this. I have been doing this for the past 3 years. We always adopt 2 classrooms and had our party last Wed. I'll have my pictures up soon. How great that your kids get to go help.

The Scotts said...

How neat that you guys were able to participate in that. What a great experience for you and your kids. You're awesome!

Frankie and Krista said...

Thank you for posting how it all went. I showed the pictures to my kids and they were excited to see who all the stuff went to. Thanks for doing all of this and for being a great example!!

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