A couple of nights ago I read my book to a group of children living at Transition House, a shelter and resources for the homeless. The entrance has beautiful stained glass doors, immediately welcoming and familiar!
The questions and comments during story time were priceless. My favorite comment, however, came from a boy who, after I told them my family was in the book, looked at the page where my husband gets a new guitar and said excitedly, “Your husband met SANTA?!” After I read the story, I met each one and put their name in a book for them to keep. The 25 books were donated by a very generous coworker of my husband’s. Thank you Andrew!!
What I love to now imagine is them going to bed with their books and believing in the magic of Santa. I hope all of you have a magical Christmas, too!!
Transition House is dedicated to the solution of family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered respectful, non-sectarian residential services and the life skills needed to alleviate their poverty, and to restore self-sufficiency and dignity.