At your staff holiday party, have fun & do good
Last year the Clementine crew thought that instead of having the same ol’ holiday get-together, we look into doing something different. When our neighbor, Pastor Dan from West Seattle Christian Church, brought by a flyer for “Extreme Makeover – the Gingerbread House Edition,” we knew we’d found it. The contest raises money to fund the construction of fresh water wells in places where available sources of water are either scarce or contaminated. The church has recruited volunteers to dig wells in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It’s a cause that’s easy to love, what is more basic and necessary than water? It’s a good reminder of how much we have, and the importance of helping others. Plus, and this is a big plus – it was super fun!
For last year’s contest we came in with a very ambitious plan – our gingerbread house was supposed to represent a reasonable facsimile of Clementine-the-shop. Little girls were in awe of the Barbie shoes and the Holly Hobbie shoppers – but those were the highlights of an otherwise pretty gooey makeover. Still, our ambitious goal, our team uniforms, and our 7 year old admirers helped us win 2nd place in our division. Second place, however, only fueled the competitive fire in all of our charitable hearts!
This year we plan to win – so there Furry Faces Foundation! Winning aside we’re having a good time brainstorming about a thousand decorating ideas (check our Pinterest boards to see some of our inspiration), and learning new skills – like how to pipe frosting through a decorative tip. Pictured below are scenes from our strategic practice session. We’ve had to leave out details of the decorations themselves in case some of you reading this post are spies! We’ll post more pics from the competition, and maybe some from the after-party at West 5…