Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Santa's Little Heroes

When Christmastime rolled around we had a bit of money in the treasury. Club members had been paying 5% of their allowance as dues. Mommy even paid 5% of her substitute teaching paychecks. We wanted to do something special for Christmas.
We discovered that the U.S. Postal Service releases children's letters to Santa Claus, to anyone who cares to pick them up. We liked this opportunity, because it left all the responsibility of shopping, wrapping and delivery to us, and we would have the fun of seeing their faces at delivery time. We found two letters from children living in the same foster home, not too far from us. On the day we drove up with our bags of treasures, the kids were both outside already. It would have felt awkward to take pictures at that time, so unfortunately we can't share that moment with you. But it will live on in ours and those two children's memories.

Sophia here: We bought the presents with our dues. After I had done that kind thing, I felt happy 'cause I had done something kind. I'm very glad that I did a kind thing to help somebody else.

Here's Gabe, using his well-honed sense of style to choose a cool hoodie for the boy.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Gabe Crashes the Party

This was a glorious day for the Homemade Heroes. We took part in Project Birthday, quite possibly our most gratifying "heroic deed" (as Gabe would put it) thus far. The organization puts on a monthly birthday party for children living in Serna Village, a beautiful community for formerly homeless families. As these photos attest, Gabe was a busy volunteer, helping four children make blissful birthday memories. This was yet another opportunity brought to us through Hands On Sacramento.

Gabe here: I thought it was AAAAWESOME crashin' the party! It was fun serving treats to the birthday kids and blowing up balloons. It made me feel mature going around and making people name tags and what not. Catch ya later!!

Won't you sign our guestbook?