Well, isn’t this just the best day ever?
This, today, is becoming one of my favorite days of the year, right up there with the opening Thursday morning of The Masters.
It almost seems sort of weird to be in such a good mood after what happened late yesterday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens were soundly whipped by the Patriots. For my post-game thoughts on that mess, you CAN GO HERE and read my blog from Sunday evening at WNST.net.
OK, so you’re confused, right?
It’s rainy and yucky out. You haven’t started your shopping yet. The Ravens may have cost themselves a playoff spot yesterday.
Why is today a great day?
Today is the day we make our annual trip to Helping Up Mission in downtown Baltimore to distribute all of the coats and winter apparel you — our listeners and readers — have supplied us with over the last month or so.
This is our 5-year anniversary with Helping Up Mission.
We’ve found them to be an incredible partner, with the 700 or so men we see each year showing extraordinary respect and appreciation for something as small — to us, perhaps — as a winter coat, a Ravens sweatshirt or a nice pair of perfectly-fitting gloves.
We couldn’t do this without you, our extended WNST family. In fact, we do it BECAUSE of you and FOR you. This, today, is actually the result of your generosity and kindness. We just happen to be the guys lucky enough to drop off the stuff and see the smiling faces.
This year, we flexed our muscles a bit and decided to donate some of the apparel to Goodwill of Maryland. Splitting up the donation would have normally been a concern, except for the fact that you all stepped up again and provided us with nearly 3,000 coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves and socks. There’s plenty to go around, both to Helping Up Mission and Goodwill of Maryland.
We’ll be taking roughly 2,000 pieces of clothing to Helping Up Mission right after my show this morning. A huge thank you goes out to our great friends at Enoch Office Equipment, who have not only collected apparel for us in the last few years, but they’ve loaned us their vehicle, too, to help get the gear to downtown Baltimore. If you see Joe Enoch, Rick Donovan or Sherri Jones of Enoch Office Equipment, give them a “thank you” and holiday hug for all that they do to help make this a success.
Helping Up Mission is an extraordinary facility in Baltimore. The men in there have stumbled in life, but they’re working their way back up. I only wish all of you could be there today so you could see their faces when they realize they, too, will be getting a holiday gift or, in some cases, they’ll be able to take that jacket or sweatshirt or pair of gloves and give it to a loved one as gift they couldn’t otherwise afford.
If you want to know more about Helping Up Mission, just GO HERE.
Today is a great day at WNST.
I understand it’s not such a swell morning around Baltimore after yesterday’s football game, but the men at Helping Up Mission are involved in something much more important.
You’ve made their Christmas special with your donations.
You’ve also made mine special, again, which I greatly appreciate.
We’ll go downtown today and drop off YOUR generosity and kindness.
Just saying “thank you” doesn’t stress how overwhelmed we are at your support of this annual partnership we’ve developed with Helping Up Mission.
But, thank you. Again.