25 Days of Giving: Day 8

Thanking the West Hartford Police Department on Day 8!

Our day began in the Boston waterfront area, and ended in the West Hartford Police Department. The Grinch was in between, as well as a quick trip to a Christmas tree farm. (Oh and Kristin Chenoweth made an appearance in the middle, as well, but that’s another story!) Sounds like crazy day, and it was a bit, but as my husband stated (as he watched me tie red bows on holiday cookie trays in the parking lot of the police station), this tends to be a "normal" day for us.

It is three weeks before Christmas, and I had an alumnae board meeting at Simmons College this morning, so we decided to take the girls and do something to celebrate the season this afternoon. What is more “Christmassy” than “The Ginch Who Stole Christmas"?  Meeting them at the Wang Theater after my meeting, the green monster took the stage and the curtain was lifted. It was a wonderful show, and watching it through the eyes of the girls was magical -- leaving us with a sense that all is good in the world, as the Grinch’s “heart grew three sizes that day.”

Show over, we rushed to get the car out of the parking lot as we had a few more things to do before we headed home. Our next stop was to pick up our Christmas tree (VERY late this year for us, so no cutting, but found a lovely tree farm on the way home with pre-cut trees) and then it was on to our “giving back” for the day. An hour and a half later, tree tied to our roof, with cookies and sweets in the girls arms, we walked into the West Hartford Police Department. The girls also made a note, and our dear friend, Sergeant Eric Rocheleau, met us in the lobby. We were here to thank the police department for all they do to protect and keep us safe. The girls were excited to thank them and share goodies. I truly don’t think the wonderful members of our police department can be thanked enough. Besides enforcing the laws, they work with our schools and town programs, ensuring that we live in a safe and vibrant community. We hugged and thanked them for all they do, not only for us, but for everyone in our community. We love the WHPD!

How to Give Back: One way to have children and families show their appreciation to the police department in town is to make (or buy) holiday cookies and sweets, place on a tray, add a festive bow and hand deliver to your nearest police station. Adding a thoughtful card, is a nice touch, to let the officers know how much we appreciate all they do for us every day of the year. Be sure to add hugs!  Giving sweets is nice, but visiting and saying Thank You is what I think is truly important.

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