Last week, I got to experience, yet again, the best part of being the Executive Director of The Wish List Project. I, along with Board Member Mikey Langlois, delivered art supplies to several of our newest grantees at a local high school. Typically, our Fall Grants cycle is complete by January or February and we're getting ready for the Spring cycle now. However, scheduling issues were unavoidable this time, and mid March was our first opportunity to meet the needs of all involved - kids, teachers and staff included. But the wait paid off for everyone!
We loaded up the four big boxes of goodies we brought, into a borrowed wagon and set off to meet the teens who love the arts so much. As we entered the classroom, the magic of the moment wasn't lost on me. Their joy at seeing what treasures might lurk inside those boxes was infectious to every adult in the room. We passed out each student's supplies, chatted with each of them about their love of art, took pictures and watched some of them begin to create on the fresh paper in their new sketch pads. Keep in mind that many of these kids would be going home to hardships we couldn't possibly imagine, so this was a a much needed vacation from reality for some. And bringing home something brand new that was all theirs might be a first for some of them.
When it was time to go, the kids promised to send us pictures of some of their artwork. Mikey and I left that room to head back to the car, and we both found ourselves smiling and feeling grateful for the opportunity to do this important work. These gifts of interaction with our grant recipients to share what you, our donors, are providing to enrich their lives, that is the greatest reward we could ever receive. Thank you for truly making a difference!