With apologies to Clement C. Moore, author of “A Visit from St. Nicholas”:
’Twas the week after wrapping, and all through the space,
not a tag was found, not even a trace.
The boxes were empty and stacked with great care,
now safely stored for next year without flair.
Only “5” tags were missing, maybe never checked out,
mistakenly taken, without a doubt.
Yet, 34 tags were left on the tree, causing a fury, as you can see.
Some of our shoppers their tags not returned,
numbered 44… this is a concern.
Nearly 100 children were left with no gifts,
so our elves were required to extend their shifts.
We made up gifts to cover their needs
shopping for bikes with last-minute speed.
We hustled and bustled, tired as we were,
filling orders so quickly, it seemed all a blur.
But as we envisioned, each child received
a gift of hope, so they could believe!
We thank those who helped us, with kindness and love,
and hope that you know you’re blessed from above.
Now as we settle to give time to our own,
we can look back, on a job well-done.
In looking it over, we rose to great heights,
And we say, “Thanks to you all!”
and to all “A good night!”
Found and Good co-chaired the Soroptimist Community Christmas Tree program and wrote this poem as an update for the club website.