|Project by GCIMark||posted 04-24-2015 03:03 PM||1120 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
This was one of my favorite projects! Not because of the “what” but because of the “why”. In the late fall of 2013, the leasing manager, and her staff, at the apartments I was building decided they were going to find something charitable to get involved with for Christmas. They got hooked up with a local organization that was operating a relief ministry out of the fellowship hall of a local church. The organization had a list of families that could use some “Christmas help” so our leasing staff “adopted” two families. One was an elderly couple. The other was mom and dad in their early forties (I would guess), a seven year old boy and a thirteen year old girl. They spread the word throughout the community and began collecting presents, clothing, household goods, gift cards, cash…...whatever. The response was amazing. If I told you we hauled a pick up truck load of stuff over to the church that day, it would be an understatement. About a week before the big day I was in the leasing office talking to the manager (Heather) about work. Before leaving I asked her how the collection project was going and asked her if she had any ideas on something I could make in the shop to contribute. She got a real solemn look on her face and said “come here and let me show you something”. She pulled 2 pieces of paper out of her desk drawer and handed them to me. They were the Christmas lists of the two children. I started reading the 7 year old’s first. There were 10 or 12 items on the list. At first glance my thoughts were, man, this is a long “wish list”.....till I started reading it. Looked kinda like this:
1. paper towels for the kitchen 2. dish soap for the kitchen 3. toilet paper for the bathroom and continued on like this till it got to the last item which was some Legos to play with. The first item on his sister’s list was “some Legos for my brother to play with”. As soon as I could remove the giant sized lump from my throat where I could talk I told Heather, “I’m making this kid something nice”. I was already starting to see pictures in my head of what it was going to be. I used some left over counter tops from our apartments and some walnut my grading contractor had given me to make this table and chair set…....and loved every minute of it!
The chairs are about 10” high to the seat and the table is about 20” high.
-- Mark, North Carolina