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December Vmail – Happy Holidays from The Villages!


(“THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA’S FRIENDLIEST
HOMETOWN…THE VILLAGES”) HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US
ON THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF THE VILLAGES VMAIL! TO HELP YOU GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON,
WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FUN AND MEANINGFUL WAYS TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE THIS MAGICAL TIME
OF YEAR HERE IN THE VILLAGES. WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO GIVE THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM,
SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN, OR TAKE PART IN ONE OF THE MANY HOLIDAY EVENTS,
IT’S ALWAYS A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE VILLAGES. LET’S CHECK IN WITH JUST A FEW OF OUR RESIDENT
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. THE GROUP I VOLUNTEER WITH IS THE TOY DEPARTMENT
OF THE VILLAGES WOODWORKING CLUB. THE CLUB STARTED IN 2004. THAT FIRST YEAR THEY MADE ABOUT 1,000 TOYS. THIS YEAR WE’VE JUST PASSED 65,000 TOYS THAT
HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE THE TOY DEPARTMENT STARTED. WE SEND PACKAGES TO OUR TROOPS TO LET THEM
KNOW THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM, BUT MOSTLY A HAND WRITTEN CARD THAT TELLS THEM THAT WE’RE
HERE FOR THEM, AND WE WANT TO HELP AND DO ANYTHING WE CAN. IT’S A TOUCH OF HOME. IS, WHEN I WRITE THANK YOU NOTES, FOR OPERATION
SHOEBOX, I ALWAYS CALL WHAT WE SEND A TOUCH OF HOME. TOYS FOR TOTS HAS BEEN IN OPERATION NOW FOR
70 YEARS. THIS IS IN FACT THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY. IT STARTED IN 1947 IN CALIFORNIA. A MAJOR IN THE MARINE CORPS RESERVES WIFE
HAD SOME TOYS AT CHRISTMAS AND ASKED HER HUSBAND TO FIND A PLACE WHERE SHE COULD DISTRIBUTE
THOSE TOYS. I WAS EXPOSED TO THE NEED FOR TOYS FOR DISADVANTAGED
CHILDREN WHEN I FIRST STARTED WORKING AT THE CLUB IN 2010, AND I’VE CONTINUED TO DO THAT
THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, AND NOW IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT. IT’S A VERY SELF-SATISFYING THING TO DO, NOT
ONLY DO YOU SEE THE CHILDREN AT CHRISTMASTIME, BECAUSE WHEN THEY COME AND PICK UP THE TOYS
THAT’S VERY SELF-GRATIFYING TO SEE THEN. BUT THE OTHER THING THAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE
IS THE PARENTS. THEY’RE VERY VERY EMOTIONAL WHEN THEY COME
AND PICK UP THE TOYS AND SEE WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO HAVE AT CHRISTMAS. SO THAT REALLY INSPIRES ME TO KEEP DOING IT
EVERY YEAR. I HAD MOVED HERE AND WITHIN TWO MONTHS I WENT
TO A CLUB MEETING, AND THE SPEAKER WAS FROM OPERATION SHOEBOX. AND AS SOON AS I HEARD WHAT THEY DO FOR OUR
TROOPS I KNEW THAT WAS WHERE I WANTED TO BE. IT DOES MORE FOR ME, FOR ALL OF US, ALL THE
VOLUNTEERS, THAN ANYONE COULD EVER SAY. (“GOD BLESS AMERICA”) FROM TREE LIGHTINGS TO WINDOW DECORATING,
THERE’S BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM IN OUR HOMETOWN. (“6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, LIGHT UP THE VILLAGES”) AND ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO GET
OUT AND ENJOY EVERYTHING THE VILLAGES HAS TO OFFER, IS FOR YOU AND THE GRANDCHILDREN
TO CHECK OUT THE HOLIDAY-THEMED EDITION OF CAMP VILLAGES. WE HAVE COCOA COOKIES AND CAROLS, WHERE THE
KIDS WILL ACTUALLY DECORATE SOME COOKIES AND DRINK COCOA. AND THEY’LL HAVE A LITTLE CAROLING BOOK THAT
THEY CAN DECORATE. ANOTHER FUN ONE WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING IS
THE FAMILY GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING. SO THAT WON’T JUST INCORPORATE THE GRANDPARENTS,
BUT THE PARENTS AS WELL, SO THEY CAN ALL GET TOGETHER AND DECORATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE. THE YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS,
IS A GREAT WAY TO SHARE IN THE COMMUNITY. AND BESIDES THAT IT’S A LOT OF FUN. I DON’T HAVE ANY GRANDCHILDREN, SO ENJOYING
WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP FOR CAMP VILLAGES IS ALWAYS KIND OF EXCITING, AND IT’S
NEAT TO MEET OTHER RESIDENTS HERE IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF COURSE I GET TO TALK TO THE GRANDPARENTS. I ACTUALLY JUST LOVE CAMP VILLAGES. I THINK IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE GRANDPARENTS
AND THE GRANDCHILDREN TO GET TOGETHER AND DO SOME FUN ACTIVITIES, AND ALONG THE WAY
WE’RE CREATING SOME GREAT MEMORIES. UM, I LIKE MOST THAT WE GET TO DO FUN THINGS
AND GO TO CAMP. UH MY FAVORITE PART IS I PLAY AND EAT CANDY. HOW NICE IT IS AND WHAT THEY DO FOR ALL US
KIDS. AND YOU GET TO MEET NEW NEIGHBORS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PARTICIPATE
WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS, BECAUSE THEY COME AS A SET, TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY
AND SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER FOR CAMP VILLAGES. THE ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ALWAYS IN THE PAPER. AND IT’S A GOOD TIME FOR EVERYBODY, AND YOU
GET TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND YOU MAKE NEW FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY. THIS IS TIME THE KIDS ARE GOING TO REMEMBER,
AND THE GRANDPARENTS AS WELL, FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. THESE ARE REALLY SPECIALS MOMENTS THEY CAN
SPEND TOGETHER AND JUST HAVE THE TIME AND HAVE FUN. WHEN I RETIRE, I PROBABLY WOULD COME HERE. AND DO LIKE, CARDS, AND POOL, AND ALL THE
STUFF. I MIGHT LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO MY GRANDMA. I WANT TO MOVE HERE. SO WHEREVER YOU PLAN TO SPEND YOUR TIME THIS
HOLIDAY SEASON, FROM ALL OF US HERE IN THE VILLAGES, WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST, AND INVITE
YOU TO JOIN US HERE IN FLORIDA’S FRIENDLIEST HOMETOWN. THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS MONTH’S EDITION
OF THE VILLAGES VMAIL. WE’LL SEE YOU AROUND TOWN, LOVIN’ THE VILLAGES
LIFESTYLE. (“MUSIC”)

Stephen Childs

One Comment

  1. God Bless ALL these WONDERFUL people. Their spirit of charitable giving is so very refreshing. They are Truly doing Gods work. My wife and I hope to join them when we get ready to retire. Once we leave the Rat Race we want to spend some time giving back.

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