All last week, meetings and toy giveaway have been the spirit of the season. Already we have given away at least 200 toys to local parks, libraries, recreational centers, schools and juvnile detention centers. With still more to go this week. Responds have been positive, at least from the younger children....the teens well that's another story. We went to a local park and began giving away gifts at random, one teen approached one of the assistants and asked for either an Ipod or a chocolate. When she said chocolate I thought she was talking about "candy." I said we have plenty of chocolate candy in the gift stocking....she turned her nose up and began cussing...trying to appear COOL! While her peers were scrambling to receive one of the items we were giving away, she retreated to that "adolescent arrogance" appropriate for her age group. As she saw others excited about their gifts, she began warming up to the idea of settling for what was offered but! Too late. There are NO rewards for BAD behavior-which I told her. She was outwardly angry...but silent nonetheless. There were a few of these ungratefuls, but there were plenty of appreciative kids as well-younger children and TEENS. To my surprise, most of them embraced the holiday spirit... Am I tired? Hell yeah. This is my FIRST attempt to use the computer in six or seven days. I am up to my ears in video games, dolls, skates etc... Most of the money was as a result of fundraising from the community which began this "pain-saking asking for christmas donation task" back in the heights of the Jena Six controversy meetings. I thought most of it was just TALK[which I am used to ]...but to my amazement their fundraising efforts afforded/added to some nice gifts for the kids this year! The real kick off will be this Saturday....we will have a raffle hopefully if all goes well....and we will be giving away "scholarship" money not a lot of money but enough to buy books the first semester of college. I am sooo proud of these EVERY DAY folks....cuz it proves over and over that you don't have to have a DEGREE/MASTERS/PH.D. to do amazing things for your community....all you have to have is HEART and the desire to do it and the willingness to see it through to the next level of accomplishment. That's all. Just the WILLINGNESS to see it through.