Again we are faced with that complicated holiday I call Hallthanmas.
It seems as soon as the Halloween decorations and costumes come out, we see a small amount of Thanksgiving decorations and suddenly it is Christmas everywhere. I saw the Christmas items in retail stores in late August and early September.
I find it difficult to believe that the year has gone so fast, let alone that we are into the holiday months. I have also seen the advertisers preparing for the Black Friday sales, the temptations of bargains to come. In fact it seems there is more promotion for Thanksgiving aimed toward the special sales beginning at Thanksgiving than is done to promote the holiday itself.
OK, off my mini rant and on to some of our events for the rest of the year.
Leavenworth Road Association will be teaming up with Eisenhower Recreation Center, on 72nd Street, for the Halloween event, Oct. 31. This year we are inviting area businesses, neighborhood groups, churches, and organizations to join us. If you would like to have a table inside to hand out wrapped treats or donate wrapped treats, call our LRA office. You can also attach your business, organization, neighborhood group information to be handed out or to display on your table. Also new this year, you can share your pumpkin carving skills by displaying your pumpkin there at Eisenhower. Just let us know I will also be visiting some of our area businesses asking them to become involved.
We will also help our community police officers with their kids’ Christmas program. They will be searching for families with children needing help for Christmas. If you are aware of a family, please nominate them by contacting one of the COPPS officers or calling the Community Policing office at 573-8720 or stopping by their office, 4951 State Ave., before Nov. 22. They will need the family name, number and ages of children, their address, telephone contact number and brief description of need.
Now to change hats for another project. I am involved with the North East Gold Star Mothers, due to my grandson being killed in action in Iraq, and I have always been a supporter of our troops. Each year we are active with the Wreaths Across America. We are in search of sponsorships to purchase the wreaths that we will be laying on the graves of our military in December. There are several levels from individual to corporate. Individual is $15, family would be four wreaths at $60, small business would be 10 wreaths at $150 and Corporate would be 100 wreaths or more at $15 each. These wreaths are done across the United States at precisely the same time on the same day. I have the form with our dhapter number if you would be interested, just call the office, my home or cell phone.
Well, just look at that, I just basically jumped over Thanksgiving too. Happy Hallthanmas to all.
Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.