A brochure is available for download and print. Use the brochure to get the word out that donated decorations are needed. Perhaps distribute to mailboxes in your community. To download the brochure, go to Donations & Volunteering and click on the tri-fold brochure file.
Now is the time to get out. Over the next several weeks people will be taking down their Christmas decorations for storage. If some are like me they will pack and store stuff they didn't use or may not use in the future. Once stored, it is less likely they will take the time to dig it out to donate. So let's get out in force, a brigade, and let people in our local communities know their unwanted or less wanted stuff can make a difference next Christmas through us. So please, post on our community social media sites, insert notes in mailboxes, post on community bulletin boards, post at your job site, send an email to colleagues, and other ways to reach people NOW!
As the word of our Brigade gets out we are starting to receive more donations, both financially and in terms of donated Christmas decorations. We have received another 2000 lights, two 9-foot artificial Christmas trees, and 5 boxes of tree ornaments. We have also received several financial donations including our first GoFundMe account donation. Can't thank the donors enough.
The LW Brigade received its first donation of decorations (thank you Jenny Shesthevp of Palm Beach Country Estates!), just 24 hours after launching. We have also received two financial donations. Please share our FB and web pages with others. Light 'em up!
45%! Really? It's the birthday of Jesus Christ for heaven's sake. Regardless of whether you believe He was the Son of God, a prophet, or just a good man, the fact remains that he was a very good man and He stands for the things we all want: love, grace, restoration, wisdom, and hope. So why do 45% of the people dread the season. Perhaps because they lost the focus on the reason for the season and the universal message of peace and love it brings. Let's change this statistic.
Psychology Today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201011/why-people-get-depressed-christmas)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — For some of us, we get what can only be described as the 'warm fuzzies' when looking at Christmas lights.
There is something magical about the alluring lights that come with Christmas. "Basically it's your house's way of saying, 'Welcome, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas!'" said Dr. Terry Pettijohn.For some, the decorations go up as early as the day after Halloween. "Putting up Christmas lights can benefit people in a lot of different ways," Pettijohn, the Psychology department chair at Coastal Carolina University, explained "When they put lights up, it gives them something to do, to look forward to, in terms of a positive event," he said. Bristish researchers recently concluded people are itching to light up the neighborhood are generally happier. For most, they associate the twinkling lights with memories of childhood. But the lights can also trigger dopamine, the 'feel good' chemical in the brain. "With these bright experiences with lights, we do have the physiological response from the nervous system that helps make us more alert, more aware, and can bring about these feelings of happiness," said Dr. Pettijohn. "Before we left, I decided to put my Christmas stuff up, and I never do that before Thanksgiving. But I knew this trip was coming up and I needed to," said Rhonda McCucheon, who is visiting Myrtle Beach. For McCucheon, this holiday season is bittersweet because it is the first without her dad. "You know we needed that little boost of happiness. And it has made a difference," she said.
Today, Christmas 2017, we are rolling out the Light of the World Brigade. The LW Brigade is a team of loving people that collect donations throughout the year and deploy out into the South Florida community to light up people and homes in need of a left. In doing so we send the love, grace, and restoration offered by Jesus Christ, the light of the world!
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.