"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon


Friday, November 1, 2013

Watching The Kids' Faces

My life insurance policy entitles me to participate in a fraternal group. I just attended the annual state convention about an hour away, a one day meeting full of discussions and voting and eating.

Our local chapter does what we can in the community. Not just one town, but towns in the surrounding area. For Halloween we purchased two bicycles and invited the children to stop by the fire department and sign up for a giveaway while they pick up treats at the fire house. The volunteer fire department held a costume contest.

It is fun and rewarding to watch children appreciate winning a bike. These are not children who are given so much they hardly notice something new. The children in this area are being taught to appreciate and care for things to make them last. They know at a young age their parents work hard to provide for them.

The winners of the bikes this year know the joy of winning. It will be a lasting joy as they ride the bikes for the next several years. And I will enjoy knowing I was part of that. My job this year was to bring the juice boxes for their treats at the fire house. We all voted that the kids get plenty of candy, so we wanted them to have fruit juice from us. This is the kind of town that moms still make popcorn balls for trick or treat.

The younger winner caressed her new bicycle over and over and when asked if she wanted to trade it in for a different color she kept saying "I want THIS one".

I hope you all enjoyed Halloween as much as I did. Hugs to you all.
First Place Winner 
Bicycle Winners

14 comments:

Ms. A said...

Sounds like a great thing to be part of, Cici. I'd like to see more appreciative kids! I'm frequently around the ones that already have so much, they don't know how to appreciate anything, they just expect to have whatever they want.

Brian Miller said...

woohoo...its awesome to make a kids day like that....and that dude with his head in a jar...wow....cool costume....

Stickup Artist said...

Oh, CiCi – that's beautiful. The expression on those 2 kids faces says it all.

Jeanie said...

The smile on the face of the little girl in front says it all. What a great event for these kids.

Adam said...

I can see why he won

Stephen Hayes said...

This summer at National Night Out I was able to award a bike to a low income kid. His eyes shone brighter than the Sun. It was a terrific experience for me.

Hilary said...

That is so sweet. Kudos to you for being part of such a caring community.

dkzody said...

Oh, I am so happy about the bicycle give-away. That is a nice thing to do and those girls seemed to be so happy with their new bike. Glad you could be a part of something like that and share with us.

terri said...

Sounds like a really fun and worthwhile event. That first place costume is GREAT! And the bicycle winners look so happy.

DJan said...

What fun! And the costumes were just the icing on the cake. Or the candy on their faces. Love the whole idea of the community Halloween. :-)

Cheryl said...

Hello! Wow, you are certainly a very busy woman these days! I am delighted for you that you are so happily involved in your community. I have been away from blogging for so long, but I will try to continue keeping up with everyone as I can. Wishing you an awesome day!

Shammickite said...

Hallowe'en is a fun time for kids and winning a bike tops it all off!
I wanted to take pics of my 4 grandchildren in costume, but my camera had a flat battery.... I should think ahead more.

Abby said...

I probably don't have to tell you that I LOVE bicycle give aways for kids. So much better than a bag of candy!

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

A bike give away is terrific. Anything to help kids stay active. Today so many have no real tools to stay active outdoors!
Glad it was fun for all, you included.