Monday, December 22, 2008

Stuff that makes you so happy that you cry

I wish you could have been with me Saturday. We went out mid morning to run some errands. Mr. Pop said he needed to go by his lab to pick up some files he needed to work on. We drove up to the lab and Mr. Pop said, “Come inside. I want to show you something”. We went inside. Oh what a vision!

There was a minor mountain of wrapped Christmas presents and a snappy new, cool as hell, red and white bicycle. Along side these gifts were about seven eco-friendly grocery bags filled with nonperishable food items. He said there were refrigerated foods that employees were tending to in their own refrigerators at their homes.

These wonderful gifts and goodies were all for their adopted Christmas family. The employees at the lab had taken it upon themselves to buy all these gifts and set up everything. Of course when I saw what they were about to deliver to a single mom and her three kids, the tears began to pour down my face. I have never been so proud to be even distantly associated with a group of people in all my life! Marine biologist really do ROCK!

The gifts, the food, the turkey and so much more was delivered to the family late Saturday afternoon. Mr. Pop and I didn’t go because we didn’t want to crowd into the lady’s house and overwhelm her space. Besides, hell, I would have been a teary eyed mess on what was to be a joyous occasion. The employees did all the work and they deserved to enjoy the rewards of what they had done all by themselves.

I’m waiting to hear how the big delivery went and what the kids thought of their gifts. I hope they were as happy to get them as Mr. Pop’s employees were to give them.


Blogger Distributorcap said...

those employees are having the best xmas ever --- making a family in need smile.

wouldnt it be great to have more of that...

special thanks to the lab!

December 22, 2008 2:18 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

Good on yas both (and Fred of course). It's outstanding what you're doing.

December 22, 2008 3:06 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

That is so great! What a good thing to read on a Monday morning!!

December 22, 2008 4:16 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

Now thats what Chistmas is all about! God bless em one and all!

December 22, 2008 4:32 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

You big sap.

December 22, 2008 5:42 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

That makes for an extra special Christmas.

December 22, 2008 5:59 AM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Damn it, you made me misty.

December 22, 2008 7:34 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...


December 22, 2008 7:43 AM  
Blogger Skippy said...

To me this is what Christmas is all about....We have a family in my school that really has nothing. The little first grader sadly told us she could not have a christmas tree this year. The other secreatary, Myself, and the principal got a local fire dept to donate a tree to them and we chipped in and bought lights, bulbs, garland, and a tree topper for them. The kids faces when the fire truck delivered the tree made my day.

December 22, 2008 7:48 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

What a wonderful thing to do for someone. They do ROCK!

December 22, 2008 7:53 AM  
Anonymous blackdog said...

Wow! Maybe the best tale I'll hear this Christmas!

December 22, 2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

that is just so grand!!!

December 22, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

This is so sweet!!!!

Luf, Us

December 22, 2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

yep. they ROCK!

December 22, 2008 5:35 PM  
Blogger Spartacus said...

Great stuff. Thanks for posting this. I can totally relate to this story.

At the school where my wife works, all the admin staff and teachers got together and purchased gifts and food for a family of kids that attend their school that live on public assistance have absolutely nothing. All of this was delivered by our local volunteer firefighters on one of their trucks. The next day when one of the students, a little girl, came in, she ran into the office where my wife works and gave her a huge hug and kiss.

December 24, 2008 7:03 AM  

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