I feel like an elf

Sometimes you feel like an elf, some time you don't, la la la.

The large, round, fluffy, light snow, falls softly down in between the down town sky scrapers. I feel blessed to be here and to be surrounded by such generous, kind human beings. Standing in the large, corporate Target building in Minneapolis, the sweet childrens' music fills the room. These are the voices of angels. The homeless, at-risk children I work with at Perspectives Inc, helped a New York Producer create and produce this music CD . The music seems to inspire a certain feeling of giving here today. My heart feels full and I feel most grateful for this opportunity to work with Target corporation. The target employees are here today for this two hour period of time, to give back to our at risk families. The staff seems to really enjoy the CD, I play. They sway back and forth and clap to the music. They are here for the giving of this special season and I am most happy to be here and oblige them and witness this great generosity.

I stand at the window and see below me, a neon sign that says, " Murrays Steak House". Oh, that looks so good, especially since it is almost lunch time. The atmosphere is palpable here at target, as the staff creates artistic holiday sayings and pictures on canvas bags. They also pack flu kits for our at risk families in a line similar to that of an a assembly line. This is what the assembly line looks like:

  • Kleenex- Next- thermometer- next- chicken noodle soup- next- wash cloth- next- Gatorade- next- hand sanitizer- next - Put the entire bag in the canvas tote. Ahhh.

By the end of the two hour period, Target employees have packed up over 300 flu kit canvas bags. They are all decorated differently with colorful pictures and words of hope and inspiration. I get paid to do this work. I Train the volunteers on the project they have committed to do for us, in collaboration with a volunteer agency called Hands On Twin Cities. They set us up with a United Way partner and then, they come to do good works. I know and see the importance of volunteerism. As I say daily, " Volunteers make the world go round".

What an impressionable scene it was for me over looking the city and the lights as little elves packed bags up for our families.

I feel like an elf during the holiday season, along with all the other elves that help the homeless.


© Laura Rogers Arne




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Ivorwen 5 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I am sure the families receiving these care packages will be thankful to the elves who worked to provide them!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

ivorwen,

They already received them and were so grateful for them.


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Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

What a beautiful way to start my morning; you are more than an elf............ you are a beautiful human being! There are angels here on Earth, and you are one of them......... Kaie


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful...Christmas is a time for giving to those that are in need. Wonderful Article!


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

That is a great feeling! The hustle and bustle of the holidays is crazy and adds stress to everyone. It is great to help people in need because that is what this season should be about. Thank you for being you!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

What a lovely idea to give flu kits for at risk families! And what a brilliant undertaking - a volunteer agency called Hands On Twin Cities. Thanks, Healing Touch, for sharing that wonderful 2 hours with all of us.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

KA

Thanks so much for your beautiful comments. I too think your an angel here. Bless you


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Just ask Susan,

Thanks for the beautiful comment. Giving Tis the Season huh?


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

ghomefitness,

Thanks for your most loving comments. I agree the season is for the needy. It feels good to give in the stressful season.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

MC

I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. I have to pinch myself that I get paid to help our needy families. Wow. Life is so good.


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Lovingu 5 years ago from London

This is beautiful and so are you.


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SteveoMc 5 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

You cannot be the most you can be without the opportunity to give. Thanks for the inspiration and the beautiful music which I played for the entire read of this splendid hub.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

A good and thoughtful project : )

Hope you got all shoveled out from the Big Blizzard...kind of nice when everything gets shut down for a bit.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

lovingu

Your beautiful. Thanks for being you


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

SteveoMc

I love your comment. Your so right. We cannot be all that we can be without giving. Thanks for the great holiday motto. I am so glad you enjoyed the music.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Tamarajo,

Thanks for the nice comment. And about that blizzard.... At one in the morning last night I ran after a plow since my plow guy never showed up. I begged him to plow my driving. The best fifty bucks I have spent.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Laura-This is what the holiday season is all about. I love the wonderful projects you get to be a part of at your important job. You are a TRUE ELF. Love you and soo very proud of you too:)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

What a lovely inspiring project and your description of it made me feel I was right there. I think I could assemble some of those flu kits myself now! What an excellent idea! Thanks for sharing this delightful experience with us!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Nellieanna,

I am so glad you thought it was a excellent idea for our at risk families. I always feel so happy when you stop by.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

Awww and what a beautiful elf you are. Very inspiring work you do! Thank you!


Healing touch 5 years ago

pennyofheaven,

Thanks so much for the comment. Have a great holiday


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

You sure are a beautiful elf, I couldn't agree more.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

acaetnna, Oh, thanks so much. It makes my day.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Your description of the volunteer assembly line is inpiring. Volunteers DO make the world go round. Thanks for your dedication to make our lives more meaningful!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Truckstop Sally

Your words are so lovely. Thanks so much for stopping by

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