We have been having a blast with our RACK projects in the last few days. On Tuesday, we called our church office and got Starbucks orders from our pastor and church secretary and took them coffee and coffeecake. It was so fun to see them and chat for awhile! The boys are both very enamored with Pastor Chris, so I think they were thrilled to do something for him.
On Wednesday was my FAVORITE of all our RACK projects. We went with some friends to sing Christmas carols in the chemotherapy treatment room at the oncology clinic. Last December, when I was there receiving chemo, some nurses got together and sang carols for us. I decided then that if I was able, I would bring my kids to sing the next Christmas. So it was very meaningful to me to be able to go and spread joy to the nurses and patients there this year. After the kids sang, I handed out candy canes to the patients and nurses and chatted with a few, then went around the clinic handing out candy canes to all my old friends. Everyone was so excited to see my hair! 🙂
On Thursday, we got a Shell gift card and taped it to a gas pump. Then we had a stake-out to see if it would get used. I put it on the last pump so no one would see me, but as it turns out, the last pump doesn’t get used very often. Despite all our cheering from inside our van for cars to pull up to “our” pump, no one did. After about 20 minutes, we left and went to the grocery store and came back later. The gift card was still there! So I got out, moved it one pump over, and we resumed our stake-out. About two minutes later, someone pulled up to the pump where the card USED to be. We couldn’t believe it! We waited another 20 minutes, but still no action on our pump. We gave up and trust that the Lord brought just the right person along eventually! We also enjoyed handing out candy canes to Salvation Army bell ringers as we ran errands that day.
Are you looking for a RACK project that only costs $1 and doesn’t even involve getting your kids out of the car? Today we drove around taping our RACK cards and candy canes to ATM machines. We also tried our Shell gas card trick again, this time putting them on busier gas pumps. We got to see people get both of our cards . . . in both cases, they went ahead and paid for their gas, and then stood looking at the pump for awhile, looked around, and then took the Shell card for next time. I guess when you encounter something that unexpected, it’s hard to know what to do at first! We had a blast and felt like secret agents!
Our RACK 2011 project is almost done! Tomorrow night we are hoping to take a plate of cookies to the people working at the desk in the emergency room. Last year, I spent several hours on December 24 at the hospital receiving a blood transfusion, and I’m sure it’s no fun to work in the ER on Christmas Eve. We’re looking forward to spreading some joy there, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!Share