QI MS Gulf Coast
There are moments in Quota that will not only live in the hearts of those we serve, but in ours as well. On December 17, we hosted our annual Christmas Party at a local nursing home. Club members, JQ teens and our smallest PEEPS joined in the festivities, serving milk and cookies, signing a special rendition of "Jingle Bells", and helping Santa deliver a stuffed "buddy" to each resident. Towards the end of the evening, a gentleman in a wheelchair rolled himself to the front of the room, and asked for the microphone. Suddenly, his baritone voice led the crowd in a moving chorus of "Silent Night". After the applause, he asked to sing another! Santa asked if he was a professional singer. We learned that he sang with the Air Force choral group for many years, and this was the first time he got to lead a group in song in just as many years. Another quiet gentleman kept his head down throughout most of the evening, until Santa brought him the little monkey he is holding in this picture. With wide-eyed tears, he kept saying over and over while tightly grasping his new friend, "Thank you! God Bless You for being here and doing this!" Sometimes…we just don't realize what service to others means until we've seen it in the faces of those we serve.
December 17, 2012