As you all know, we hosted our very first Kids Wish Network on Tour event in Tennessee and it was a massive success. And by “massive success,” I mean a hugely popular, exciting, outstanding, phenomenal, out-of-this-world kind of success! In other words, it was awesome. 🙂
When I called some of the Madisonville City Officials and Monroe County Officials to get quotes and details for the post-event press release, I heard praise and every sort of ‘thank you’ you could think of. I know that our Kids Wish representatives heard the same sorts of gratitude while they were out there, but here is a new one that just made me smile, knowing I’m a part of such a great organization: a thank you letter.
This letter just came from Chief Gregg Breeden of the Madisonville Police Department in Tennessee. It’s a beautiful letter that I just wanted to share with you in its entirety:
On behalf of Monroe County and all of its cities, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kids Wish Network on Tour, its staff and sponsors, for the humbling experience of being allowed to participate in the Kids Wish Network on Tour event on December 18, 2010, in Madisonville Tennessee.
As I look back on December 18th I realize that we not only helped over 2000 children, we helped a community rekindle its true spirit, a spirit that I believe has always been one of kindness, caring and volunteerism. As I watched the day unfold I saw strangers become friends, educators become educated and churches become united. One example of this was a 10-year-old boy who had gotten sick while standing in line; we discovered that he suffered with cerebral palsy. I watched as a Police Commissioner picked the child up and carried him so that he could receive his gifts and then continued to carry him on to his mother’s car that was parked about a quarter mile away. The mother and child were unable to control their tears as the mother and child couldn’t believe what had just been done for them. A second example was a middle school teacher that I found standing in the corner of the gym crying. When I asked her if she was alright, she replied to me that she was fantastic and that she had just given toys to some of her students and that they were so happy that they began crying as they hugged and thanked her. In her opinion those children were in the situation of dire need and she was so happy that she was able to be a part of helping them. I watched as parents carried children in the door with no coat or blankets, and I watched as those same families left with their children in baby carriages and wrapped in blankets. These are just a few examples of what happen in Madisonville when Kids Wish Network on Tour came to town, and make no mistake about it, there are hundreds of more stories yet to be told.
In closing, I would once again like to thank everyone involved that helped make this a special day in Monroe county Tennessee. May God bless you and every one of your angels.
Chief of Police
Isn’t that just wonderful?
Oh, and if you want to see how everything unfolded at the Kids Wish Network on Tour event in Tennessee, make sure to check out this amazing video. You can see the thousands of people flocking to get toys and much-needed necessities from the volunteers; it was a magical experience for everyone involved on both the giving and receiving ends.