Celebrating 12 Days of Gratitude – Looking Back
Celebrating 12 Days of Gratitude
With Humility and Love For Our Community
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Our McCullough Team has been so blessed to be able to spread some holiday cheer throughout our community with our “12 Days of Gratitude” campaign. We wanted to share some of the amazing stories that resulted from this initiative as each McCullough team member has been inspired by the resiliency, hope and courage that we have witnessed in our amazing community.
On the FIRST day of our McCullough’s Team “12 Days of Gratitude”, we surprised a very deserving mom with some new furniture so that she and her children could enjoy time together this Christmas. It truly was a great start to our campaign to bring a bit of joy and hope to our amazing community! This inspiring mom and her children are enjoying their new couch and coffee table.
On the SECOND day, our team purchased and donated a vast array of gifts for some very special residents in our community through the London Drugs’ Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program. The program partners with local care homes, charities, and organizations to bring more holiday cheer to seniors in Nanaimo. It was a great time for our team members to get together and shop – even though we struggled to agree on the best holiday chocolates! Ferrero Roche and Lindt were the top picks for our MMS Team.
On the THIRD day, our team members volunteered our day manning the Salvation Army kettle at the Longwood Thrifty Foods. All of the funds raised stay in the Nanaimo area and helps those less fortunate throughout the year, and provides more than 1,400 Christmas hampers for local families. Myles and Lynn report that the weather was a bit chilly but it couldn’t remove the smiles from their faces.
On the FOURTH day, we surprised Nanaimo Youth Services Association with tables, chairs, microwaves, toys, and other needed furniture for their youth housing centre. The program provides Nanaimo youth with the opportunity to transition in a supportive environment that is alcohol, drug and violence free. The stories of some of the hardships these youth have faced will stay with us long after our 12 days of giving concludes. We were touched to receive an email from Keith Wilson, Chief Administrative Officer, Nanaimo Youth Services Association, the following morning. The email stated:“Good Morning: Thank you for your donations to our Housing Complex at 1001 Waddington Street. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are recognized and saluted by everyone living and working in the building including the staff. The furniture will get lots of use and the toys and baby supplies will be snapped up quickly! Thanks again and have a wonderful Christmas.”
On our FIFTH day, our team delivered a decorated artificial Christmas tree to Eden Gardens, formerly known as Nanaimo Travellers Lodge. The staff are dedicated to helping Elders with dementia to live as fully as possible and to enjoy life. Eden Gardens had turned to social media in their desperate search for artificial trees for residents to enjoy, and each of us left a bit teary-eyed when we saw the huge smiles on the faces of residents who loved the lights and decorations on the tree.
On the SIXTH day, we donated two truckloads of toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, mats, shampoo and other toiletries to the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter located in the basement of St. Peter’s Church in downtown Nanaimo. Our team wanted to show its support of the Nanaimo Women’s Centre and Nanaimo Citizen’s Advocacy as they will be operating the 35-bed temporary shelter which opened on Dec. 1. They are in need of volunteers to set up each day from 4-5pm and take down from 7-8 am. if you have a spare hour to donate.
On the SEVENTH day, our team donated food items to our local Loaves & Fishes organization to help support the community food bank. The Christmas season is so important for the food bank, as families who may have received food for their children through school programs feel the burden when children are home during the holidays. For seniors, ensuring that they are able to access nutritious food is very important, especially with the cold weather.
On the EIGHTH day, our McCullough Team delivered toys to Volunteer Nanaimo in support of their “Angel Hampers”, which distributes Christmas hampers to families and residents in the Nanaimo area. We hope that the children receiving the toys enjoy them as much as our team did shopping for them.
On the NINTH day, we surprised local residents by purchasing their beverages and breakfasts on Thursday morning at the McDonald’s on Dufferin and Bowen Road. Myles and I donned Santa hats and smiled at the shock and disbelief shown on the faces of unsuspecting customers who went through the drive thru that morning.
On the TENTH day, we recognized the strength of Mother Nature with the incredible storm that hit our beautiful city yesterday. Many of our team members are still without power, so we have decided to use today to help our friends and neighbours clean up the debris from their yards and streets. We encourage everyone to stay safe, conserve water, and try to check on any of your neighbours who are elderly or may be living alone.
Our team’s commitment to our “12 Days of Gratitude” continues right up until Christmas. On the ELEVENTH day, some of our team members will be volunteering their time tomorrow morning to provide nutritious baked potatoes and accompaniments at Spud Patrol. Spud Patrol is a grassroots organization that believes that no one should go hungry in our community and provides a nutritious warm meal to residents each month.
On the TWELFTH day of our campaign, our McCullough Team will be delivering hot dinners to seniors and shut-ins through the Salvation Army’s Christmas Eve Dinner Delivery that will take place on Dec. 24th. We are committed to ensuring that each day of this initiative provides comfort and hope to our community.
We will all be relaxing and enjoying quality time with our families on Christmas morning, and we hope that you will be having a peaceful holiday as well. Our McCullough Team is grateful beyond words for our clients who continue to support us, and our families who understand that real estate is not a 9 to 5 business. We are excited for 2019 and look forward to a new year filled with joy, love and inspiration!
Brian & Myles McCullough