Charlie, my friend from the Cottage, and I hosted a party with a goal to cut out 25 pairs of denim shoes and donate them and other supplies to “Sole Hope“, which removes parasitic jiggers from children’s feet and provides shoes and paid work for adults in Uganda.
I ordered a kit from “Sole Hope” which includes a DVD about cutting the shoes, an instruction booklet, a paper pattern for one size of shoe, book marks, and a few other items.
I made stiff templates for the paper pattern pieces in advance. My friend and I also cut out a few pairs of shoes before the party to see how the process would go so we could be helpful to people attending the party. My friend cut stiff plastic heel pieces from old milk jugs to save cutting time and confusion at the party.
Everyone was sent an invitation which listed ways to get involved with Sole Hope so in addition to shoe cutters some folks who could not attend sent other supplies on the list and donated money. This is a good party invitation to send to ALL your friends — different people help in different ways.
As the party got underway we watched the instructional video then people started tracing pattern pieces on the jeans they brought.
When the tracing and cutting started the house became very quiet. Ultimately though there was a lot of chit chat and some sing-alongs while Charlie played the piano. The hosts helped answer questions and made sure each pair of shoes was top quality.
Charlie served beverages and, after cutting a pair of shoes, the cobblers were invited to have something to eat.
Then we sent them right back to work.
Our goal was 25 pairs and our actual production was 40 pairs.
Added bonus: one of the party goers plans to have another party in the spring with an entirely different constituency. Woo hoo!
Charlie and I are very busy at this time of year due to our music business. We have music to prepare for regular church services in addition to a special praise service, a Sunday-before-Christmas cantata, and a Christmas eve service. Let’s not forget that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are actually on Sundays this year which also need music.
We’ve also been asked to have a Great American Songbook sing-along for a 91st birthday party. Charlie alone is well-booked for Christmas parties all through the month of December.
Happily I get a turkey for Thanksgiving and a ham at Christmas from work. This year our chef at work has offered to prepare my turkey. That sounds like heaven to me. I’ll only have to set the table and make a couple of side dishes.
I’m hoping to spend the entire Thanksgiving long weekend decorating the house. I’m thinking polar bears will have a place in in the holiday décor.