The kids were the highlight of the event. I met some of the most remarkable kids who were all excited to do their shopping! Benjamin, the first shopper to arrive, immediately gave me life. He was a riot and an absolute joy! He came equipped with donations (I set up a table for donations to the Genesis Shelter/Our House, for more information or to donate click here) and his list of four people to shop for. He was so excited that I’m smiling right now as I type thinking about how enthusiastic he was. I overheard him talking to one of the vendors, “I know she likes the beach, so maybe we should go with blue” in a matter of fact tone. I stopped to chat with him as he made crafts after shopping and he asked if he could stay with us all day to which I replied, “Certainly!” Then in a downward glance of seriousness he said, “Can you tell my mom when she comes to get me?” I couldn’t talk his mom into all day, but she did give him about an extra 30-45 minutes staying time. I really wanted to just take this kid home with me!
I couldn’t have made it through the day alone. My mom and friends were the absolute best volunteers a girl could ever wish for. They all devoted their day to helping make the kids’ day special and they did just that and so much more. I’m so lucky! I also had a few volunteers from Maynard Jackson High. These kids really rocked! They were super-duper helpful and way more pleasant than I would imagine teenagers giving up their Saturday to work for free would be. LOL! I did do them a solid and double their actual time for time earned. They really did deserve it.