Many hands make light work….. that thought is one of the reasons for our name. A reminder that far too often in life, we will encounter hurdles that feel impossible alone but with a good team of willing hearts and hands ready to help, there isn’t much that can’t be handled. At least in some small way.
This week Light Work 316, Inc. held our first annual “Let Your Little Christmas Lights Shine” pajama party and movie night at Stars and Stripes Drive-In. As plans quickly took shape, I was once again humbled and so grateful for the team of willing hearts and helpful hands that we are so blessed to know we can count on. This time around, just like all the times before, those regulars were joined by new faces and once again our Light Work 316, Inc family grew and gave life to the hope for a night of love and light for, not only “our families” but a couple hundred more in our community!
Our first request for a venue was met with total willingness by the owner , Ryan, and manager, Scott, of Stars and Stripes Drive-In. Jolt Coffee happily jumped on board with the BEST hot chocolate you can imagine and a list of bakers from all over our community baked some of the tastiest and most beautiful Christmas cookies and cupcakes we could ask for. The Party People Photobooth joined us to capture memories with beautifully branded photos and smiles as big as their hearts!! The Event Decor NB created a beautiful balloon swag inside the diner (it’s still up- go check it out and use the #letyourlittlechristmaslightsshine) and NB Signs and Design made sure our sponsors were thanked with some beautiful signs! Vendors and artisans from all over our community joined us for our first 1.5 hours to showcase their goods, perfectly lit by light towers from United Rentals. Each of our vendors donated an item for a silent auction in which every item purchased was donated back to bless one of our families for Christmas!! Meanwhile School of Rock entertained us with their amazingly talented kids while our volunteers greeted every car and handed each child a custom coloring book as a keep sake for the night and preprinted card ready to color and give to local nursing home residents both printed by our friends at Office Depot, with crayons donated by area restaurants.
As our movie, Elf, started, our volunteers got ready for our next surprise to be handed out. As the snowball scene got closer every child in the audience got a snowball from Bahama Bucks!!
Our night was incredible and our financial goal of $5,000 to provide Christmas for local families fighting major medical battles was met!!! We are so incredibly grateful for the many hands who joined together in shining their little *Christmas* lights with us!! We are grateful and blessed to be surrounded by each of them! Please remember them when you support our local businesses this Christmas season.
Shine your light!! Sometimes the fact that it’s on reminds others to turn theirs on too!
Wishing you a Christmas season filled with everything Merry and Bright!!!
The Light Work 316, Inc team