Since 1977, serving the people of North Carolina
December 1, 2007
Santa comes to town!
On the first of December ninety-two of our community members joined together to attend the Hemophilia of North Carolina's 2007 Holiday Celebration in Greensboro.
During the first hour the adults had time to relax, enjoy some hors d'ouevres and visit with friends. The kids were busy making some fun crafts including a holiday photo frame, bookmarks, color-your-own 2008 calendars and getting "inked" with holiday tattoos! They also enjoyed a snowman "dart" board game (not real darts) and showed the group their fancy footwork on the dance floor.
In an effort to work up an appetite for lunch, two limbo contests were held – one for the kids and one for the adults. "How low can we go" was an easy task for the kids who managed to get under the bar at any height! The adults... well, that's a different story, but we have to give them a valiant applause for their wonderful effort. Tyronna Hooker limboed her way to first place with some pretty impressive moves!
A delicious lunch was then served followed by some enticing desserts.
After lunch, our keynote speaker, Tim Grams, shared some insights with the group about his personal journey. Tim is a Gettin' In The Game athlete from CLS Behring. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, and has severe factor VIII deficiency. Tim has earned numerous awards as a championship swimmer which include three school records while attending the University of Denver. In addition, Tim was a top-three finisher at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference for three years.
Taking time out of their busy schedule, Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by for a visit! Each of the kids took time to share their wish lists with Santa and everyone received a special holiday gift. Our special thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus (alias: Terry & Becky Crotts) for making this such a memorable moment for the children.
All of the kids then received an extra treat of cars & trucks that were generously donated to us by Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Williamson. Jerry's sister Jean Poplin and Cheryl Hurst were on hand to make the smooth distribution.
We concluded the event with a special presentation to Mr. Ed Wilson for his years of dedication to HNC. Ed served in various positions on the Board of Directors, including President, for many years. Thank you Ed for your many years of service to the organization!
Although the kids left with arms full of goodies, each family was also given a "goodie bag" full of the latest books and information along with some sweet treats. All the items were packed in a handy shopping bag that was provided compliments of the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Our thanks to all of the companies and individuals who donated items for the gift bags. The books and DVDs that were made available included:
Best wishes to everyone for a very happy holiday season!
— The HNC Board of Directors