The weekend before Christmas, one of my employees, a single dad of three had his apartment broken into. Everything of market value was stolen, including all the wrapped Christmas presents for his children.
His fellow team members immediately sprung into action; calling, texting, organizing with each other to if and what they could contribute to make sure these three children had an amazing Christmas.
As the leader, I wanted to do my part. My resolutions to Get in the Spirit and Help Someone fresh in my mind. I grabbed some gifts but what extra could I do?
Then it came to me. Just a few days prior the President of the Chamber of Commerce offered me her Santa Suit in case I needed it. (She must have remembered all the different costumes that I have worn for restaurant events). That’s what I could do. I could dress up as Santa and bring the gifts to the them.
I sent a few emails to let the rest of the staff know what happened, I asked for volunteers to wrap, and then Christmas Eve came I could not believe how much everyone contributed. Those that didn’t have time to get gifts handed me cash, gift cards, anything they could spare to give to them. I said to myself, “Santa’s gonna need a bigger sleigh”
One giant sack, 3 medium sacks, and many gift bags later and I was loaded up and ready to go … I had to used a bobby pin to hold the belt on since I didn’t have the “bowl full of jelly” midsection that the character required.
I traded in the red sleigh fittingly for a red hearse (HHR) and was off.
They kids were so excited giving me big hugs and jumping for joy as I unloaded the presents from my sacks. They asked so many questions and had so much fun.
I would do this again if I go the chance.
But the real heroes of the members of my staff. We work in the restaurant industry and most of these men and women and hard working moms and dads who have to work long hours, multiple jobs just to get by, let alone buy Christmas Gifts for their own family. They all pitched in anything they could. And that’s what this holiday is all about.
I can’t do anything more but sit back and be pleased.