We wrapped up our 2013 philanthropy program with two of our favorite service projects - the Mountain Resource Center's holiday party for children of families in crisis and our Soldier Box Project which sends care packages to our troops in Afghanistan.
These are truly labors of love that give us so much joy. The expressions on children's faces as they visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive the giant-sized stockings that we stuff with toys make out hearts sing. And, the letters we get from soldiers thanking us for the boxes full of personal care items - and especially the cards and letters that we enclose - give us so much pleasure and bring a few tears to our eyes, too.
All in all, in 2013, we donated over $15,000 and volunteered over 1,300 hours, raising funds and awareness in behalf of clean water, pampering Moms for Mother's Day at area senior centers, washing dogs to raise money for an animal protective agency, parading down the runway at our annual charity fashion show and donating hundreds of gift certificates to charity auctions.
Thanks to everyone - generous guests, friends, staff and our owner - who support our efforts to make a difference in the world.
Pictured here: Donovan Schar Davis (front) donated his collection of hotel-sized toiletries to the Soldier Box Project, his brother Tanner (top) contacted his dentist for contributions of dental supplies, along with TallGrass Spa Director Tarah Howard