By: Darby Dillard
All week long, I've been reminiscing about our Nazareth Children’s Home Christmas Toy Run held on Saturday 12-10-2016. It was another successful Toy Run/Party at Nazareth Children’s Home. It brought our yearly events, including 4 quarterly Birthday Parties, to an end for 2016.
I'll always be amazed at what can happen when people put forth their efforts to bring some much-needed joy and laughter into the lives of others, especially young people, who haven't had the chance to make their own decisions. Their choices weren't choices. They inherited the circumstances handed to them by other people making bad choices. So, it's always a pleasure to see them smile and laugh while we are there!
Our day started at Speedway H-D in Concord, NC. It was only around 35 degrees, but we still had about 24 motorcycles show up. At 12 noon, the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department, led by Lieutenant Arron Rankin, had their briefing and off we went. By the way, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department Motorcycle Unit is the best at what they do. Everyone who rode, please let Sheriff Riley know how much we appreciated their service. We also had one Motorcycle Unit from the Concord PD and one from the Mooresville PD. And they are identical twins. I'm sure I greeted one and thought I'd already greeted the other. HAHA!
Off we went through Concord to Bostian Heights Volunteer Fire Department, where we rendezvoused with eight more riders, and off to Nazareth we rolled. Our other volunteers had our Christmas meal awaiting on us, so, after our greeting, we were able to enjoy our Christmas meal. Our meal was prepared by these wonderful volunteers and provided by generous donations by many of them. the hams were provided by Food Lion, and prepared by Jackie, with Carolina Siteworks. Our turkeys were provided by Mike Ingersoll's Uptown Catering Company. The "Rockwell Gang" brought a room full of deserts. Danny and Emily Costner brought the Pepsi products and Little Debbie Snacks and Jimmy's restaurant in Mint Hill, was responsible for the gravy.
Our BIG surprise this year was, Raising Glory. One of their players, Tim Misenheimer, contacted me, through Cristina Miller, and asked if they could come play. Not only did we welcome them, but we were blessed with a wonderful Love Offering from the Gospel Band. They came to play and blessed us tremendously with their music and their gift to Nazareth Children’s Home.
I'd also like to thank East Bethel Baptist along with Hickory Grove Baptist Adult Sunday School Class for being Santa's helpers again this year. Santa and Mrs. Claus were sent by Wanda's Star Gazer and Moonwalk Company. Thanks to Rick Nail and his wife, Myra, for helping Santa, too $$!
I'd be missing the boat if I didn't mention these fine people and their small businesses, even though they don't want me to. Their regular and continued support is unmeasurable. Smiley's Cycle Works of Rockwell, Law Petroleum, Dent B Gone, JT's Floor Covering, Carolina Siteworks, Allen Cress with Rowan 911, my son-n-law, Seth, for helping with the web site. And even more importantly, everyone who chose a gift from the wish list and participated at the home! All of Santa's helpers were wonderful! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
Please help us through the year. We'll be announcing the dates for the Quarterly Birthday parties and the Christmas Toy Run/Party for next year very soon.