I love October! The flourish of changing colors, the harvesting of corn and the celebration of Halloween. However, I seemed to have missed Halloween! The pandemic can really seem to erase the events that help mark time and the seasons. As a kid (and as an adult), I love Halloween for the candy, seeing how people decorated their yards and experiencing the joy people share by handing out treats!
Instead of passing out candy for Trunk or Treat at CtK – we decided to share candy treats with hospital workers. Thank you to the people of CtK who donated candy! We were able to share 24 pumpkin buckets of treats for each hospital breakroom at ThedaCare – Appleton and St E’s Hospital. Each bucket was accompanied with a notecard of appreciation. Our volunteer who arranged to drop off the treats met nurses who expressed their gratitude, with tears in their eyes, for being remembered during the toughest days of the pandemic, “You just don’t know the stress we’re under and how hard we have been working.” Another person submitted a Facebook message, “When I came into work on Friday evening, there was a bucket of candy in the break room from CtK church. It put a smile on all our faces. Thank you (followed by emojis of praying hands and a smiley face).
The truth is, we don’t know the intense work and hours hospital employees are putting in, unless we live with one or have been cared for by one during the pandemic. However, the simple gift of remembering and sharing a small sweet token of appreciation can bring tears and emotions of thankfulness. That simply is how God’s love is coming to life through you, the church, the people of CtK!
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,