Wednesday, January 9, 2013

‘Wrapped in Love’: A Reason to Smile

Mother Teresa once said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” A smile could be simply defined as a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, but couldn’t it be defined as much more than that? After attending ‘Wrapped in Love,’ a Christmas party for nearly 300 homeless women hosted by Potter’s House Church of God, Mother Teresa’s words have never been so clear.  Potter’s House took extra planning time to ensure their participants left with their needs met and a smile on their face.

Arriving at the event, guests were greeted by smiling volunteers who pinned corsages to their shirts as they walked the red carpet, ending at the sanctuary doors. Again and again as I watched groups of women flood the entrance, I saw faces turn from grey to gold. And it didn’t stop there!

The sanctuary was decorated top-to-bottom as a white winter wonderland: white table clothes and chairs, huge colorful center pieces, and fancy place settings with more forks than you could count. To top it off, the women were given raffle tickets for an event-long gift raffle. Smiles were everywhere: smiles of gratitude, self-worth, and hope.

I know we can’t always quite ‘roll out the red carpet,’ but it’s nice to be reminded of all the good  a little extra time and attention to a client can do, ensuring that clients leave with a smile on their face.

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