Firstly, last Thursday's set-up at Westwood went really well. Thanks again to: Mary Morley, Linda Bolhuis, Ildy Lewis, Destiny London and Toni Crey. It was the first set-up for Linda and Toni and they jumped right in and did a terrific job. Karen and I always like to show new volunteers the Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center and Sandra gave us a quick tour (it was almost naptime) of each classroom. The kids were darling, as usual, and it never fails to motivate us to further service.
I was worried that I'd have jury duty this week and, sure enough, here I sit in the Santa Monica Courthouse awaiting my fate (which surely has to be better than for some of the folks here today). Fortunately, I got a pass on Monday and didn't have to report until today so we were able to do THREE set-ups at the Transitional Living Center in Venice yesterday. (Update: Case Dismissed...one of the lawyers screwed up. This was going to be a month-long case so I was greatly relieved!).
I went over to Baby2Baby a few days later and picked up a lot of storage bags for the breast milk, baby monitors, a Moses basket for the newborn and dropped them off at the house on Westminster. While I was there, Carmen Navarro gave me a beautifully framed thank you portrait of the children at 650 Westminster opening all of the Christmas gifts that we wrapped for them. I will bring this lovely photo collage to our next meeting at Catherine Grasso's house. It has handwritten thank you notes on the matte surrounding the picture and it's a wonderful T.Y. to all of you who helped so generously with our annual Christmas project.
I also will be doing some shopping but in case you have some spare change in your pockets, we are very short on the following items and anything you could purchase to help, would be most appreciated: