Today, December 1, was the day of Merced’s annual Christmas parade. The parade route went down Main Street right past Playhouse Merced. LifeSpring was invited to put up a table inside the Playhouse entry way, right next to the sidewalk. We all thought that was a good idea, although we didn’t know what to expect.
In a planning meeting it was suggested that we serve coffee or hot chocolate to parade goers. LifeSpringers also brought homemade cookies to serve, but it was soon discovered that we didn’t have nearly enough. The parade crowd was huge. An emergency run was made to purchase more, and by parade end, all of the cookies were gone.
Our team agreed that the event was a huge success. We gave away 200 drinks. We gave away even more cookies. Several LifeSpring invitation cards were taken, and we provided a very positive image of our church community. Probably the best outcome was the enormous fun that we all had working together to do something good.
After the parade was concluded LifeSpring conversations began about how we would improve on what we just did. A number of excellent suggestions were made, and we’ll be even better prepared next time.