Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hellooooo, Is Anybody Out There?

Where to begin? The last time I was here was Thanksgiving. The first couple weeks after that I kept thinking I'll get back to my blog soon.

Then my work with a Adopt-a-Family got really busy, then my own family's Christmas happened. Before I knew it, New Year's was here. The longer it was since my Thanksgiving post the less I thought I had to say. Imagine that? Me! Nothing to say.

I always knew I would get back here but I couldn't seem to find the time or the motivation or more importantly, an idea. I had nothing to write about and nothing I thought worth saying.

Then a few days ago I started rereading some of my posts from last year, and realized how much I had put into them and how much I enjoyed writing them. Not one to make New Year's resolutions, I decided to start the year off by getting back here. Well, it's January 11 so that didn't go very well, did it?

But better late than never, I'm baaaack! The silence is deafening.

I'm going slowly here.

Adopt-a-Family had a stellar year in 2010. For the 8th year in a row we were able to help every family who applied and met the criteria. We found donors to give Christmas to 2,111 children in 1,105 needy families. We are a volunteer group of 18 people who make up the Board of Directors of our charity. That's a huge accomplishment for a small number of just regular folks. From September through December AAF takes up a lot of my time.

We were also able to raise a significant amount of money this year for our operating expenses. While our mission is to find people to provide gifts for these kids, we do have some expenses, like postage, printing, office supplies, rent and food for our volunteers during Distribution Week. We are a privately-funded charitable organization, and we rely on our donors to keep us going. So we look forward to another year of planning for Christmas of 2011. Yikes, did I say that? Christmas? Really? Now I've really scared everybody away.

Stick around and I'll do my best to give you some other stories about what's been happening in The Jungle.


Michele said...

Welcome back. Sounds like you all had a wonderful year!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm here. Glad your back. So happy to hear that Adopt-a-Family did so well. Well my Christmas things are still up so it could be next year already as far as I'm concerned, then I wouldn't have to pack it away!!

kaye said...

I'm glad you're back--sounds like you've been very busy.

Katherine said...

Welcome back. I feel that the longer I'm away from blogging the harder it is to come back, because first you feel like you need to make excuses and then catch everyone up and catch up with everyone. It feels overwhelming.

But that said. Welcome back!

What a great cause. Awesome that so much was done for so many.

SparkleFarkle said...

*bats away cobwebs that think they have claims on Sandy's blog page* Great to have you back! Sounds like your Adopt-a-Family 2010 met with great success! Super!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Adopt a family is a noble thing.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I had the same trouble getting started. We both had some success. Your work for this charity sounds quite full. Yes, you did scare me by announcing Christmas once again.

Pam said...

Blogging for me seems to go in cycles. And I agree with what Katherine says, it's very hard to get back to it. I've finally learned to just take it as it comes. Sometimes I'm a blogging fool and sometimes I'm just a plain old fool. LOL!


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