November 20, 2010

Warm Hearts & Warm Hands

I had the privilege this year of co-chairing a Wendy's Founders Week committee meeting in the Salt Lake City market. Every year Wendy's celebrates our founder, Dave Thomas, and the values he stood for during Founders Week which ends tomorrow. We decided this year to focus on one of those values "Give Something Back" by running a clothing drive for the homeless in Salt Lake City and we called it Warm Hearts & Warm Hands. For about 3 weeks we collected donated items such as coats, gloves, hats and blankets at over 60 Wendy's locations from Spanish Fork up to Brigham City. We partnered with a great lady named Misti Scow who herself had once been homeless and now devotes a major part of her life to helping these unfortunate individuals.

Earlier in the week we had a sorting party at our Division office in Draper going through all the donations and then today we all headed to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake with our children and helped distribute the over 1000 items to the homeless personally. It was a such a great experience to give to those less fortunate than us. These were good people who were just down on their luck or who were struggling in other ways.

Through all of this I couldn't help but thinking of some verses from one of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon.

"And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just -But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God. For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind? And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy. And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another." (Mosiah 4:16-21)

The first picture above is of the Founder's Week Committee. From L-R, Mikel Russell (Area Director), Kim Pumphrey (Franchisee), Misti Scow, Alecia Black (HR Rep), Bronte McCullough (Assistant Mgr) and me. Below are many additional pictures from the project. These first two show the large crowds that came to get clothing. We probably had close to 100 that we were able to help.

Me, Maddy and Joey

Sorting party at Draper Office

Alecia and Austin Black

Helpers on Saturday

All the younger helpers

November 19, 2010

Halloween 2010

Well, better late than never. Here are the pictures from last month's Halloween party, including pictures of the kids, our dog Koda, our friends the Birds and Ahrens as well as some of the kids' friends. Maddy was an angel this year and Joey was Pee Wee Herman. Included below are also some pictures of my annual pretzel fingers as well as some of the games we played at the party.

November 14, 2010

2010 YW in Excellence

Tonight was Maddy's annual Young Women's in Excellence program at the Church. Click here for the link to last year's program. The theme this year was Strengthening Testimonies and the program included a musical number by some of the Young Women, a talk by Heather Disbrow (Young Women's President and former Washington DC South Missionary!) and Bishop Ahrens, and Brother Black and I bore our testimonies. Below are pictures from the night with Maddy and friends and her MiaMaid leaders.