I am blessed and pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Micki Ford and Mr. Ken Burch to the Core Team. Micki is a powerful Christian woman with a purpose. She has an artistic flair and a knack and love for Christmas trees. She decorates trees for many holidays throughout the year! She feels a calling to the Brigade and has stepped up. She will lead our design team that develops our plan for each family, home, or place that we light up. She focuses on getting to know the recipients and customizing and engaging them in the process.
Mr. Ken Burch joins us. Like Micki, he felt a calling in his heart to help and stepped up. Ken is an operations master. He used to run over 100 airports. He will help us organize the process of taking what we have, getting it ready, kitting supplies per Micki's plans, and running deployment teams that install.
I am grateful and humbled that would join me.
I am pleased to announce that we have enlisted the support of two outstanding people that run successful charity organizations to be on the Board of Directors for the Brigade. We welcome Ms. Yvonne Moritz. Yvonne runs the Horse That Help ministry for special needs children. Her organization has been very successful and her experience with guide us. Also, Ms. Debbie Clein joins us. She runs the Bricks Busting Boredom charity organization for children in extended hospital stays. Her organization has also been successful and has grown over the years. Both of these powerful and experienced people will help guide us as we prepare a more formal governance and operations model which will enable us to incorporate, get 501c3 federal tax exempt status, and expand our impact!
I was going through the many boxes of donated decorations today and couldn't help but feel the soul in them. All of them have seen many Christmas seasons and served to light, lift, and remind the owners (families, kids, grandparents) of the meaning of Christmas. I wish I could see into the past of these decorations! I know they were donated from the heart, with a smile prompted by the Christmas' past, and a desire that they serve the next family or person as well as they served the owner. They have soul. Thank you to all of donors for donating more than decorations - for donating memories.
My parents always lit up our home at Christmas. The warmth, glow, happiness, and hope it gave me still lives in me. My hope for the LW Brigade is that we can do the same for others.