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Spreading Holiday Cheer

I share custody of my kids which means there are some Christmas mornings in which I do not have my children. In previous years, I'll be honest, I would be very depressed all day long. Some times never even getting out of bed. Last year when I didn't have my kids for Christmas I decided that I was going to do something different and try to avoid the depression. So I volunteered on Christmas day at Saint Elizabeth's hospital in Washington DC. I played games, did lots of crafts and shared a meal with some wonderful people. While doing craft projects several of the patients casually mentioned that they do not receive Christmas cards. This really struck a chord with me because I absolutely love Christmas cards! When I spoke with the volunteer coordinator about it she said that often times the patients have "burned bridges" with family members because of their mental illness or that they have been institutionalized for so long that they have been forgotten. I knew that together with my yoga community we could make a difference in these people's lives- and we did just that!

For the month of November there was box of handmade holiday cards at the studio and at the end of each class I asked you to express yourself the way you would to a friend. Together we shared the holiday spirit with 269 people, people who truly appreciated your kindness.
I want to thank each of you for filling out holiday cards to patients at St Elizabeth's hospital.  Thank you-Thank you from the bottom of my heart!