Tis the season for Santa sightings and the kindly gentleman has already been spotted around Tamassee DAR School campus several times this month. Be it either the jolly ol man in the red suit with the white beard and twinkle in his eye, or simply the spirit of giving that defines him…his love for the children is apparent.
The children’s individual wishes have been distributed to churches, business, individuals and chapters. Deliveries are arriving daily. This year, even wishes made by the Teaching Parents for their individual cottages have made their way into the hearts of donors who are making them come true. Thirsty bath towels and rugs, toasters, microwave ovens, and even a floor lamp for the living room in one of the cottages. Supplies that are essential to daily living have been restocked by generous donors who understand the need for toilet tissue, paper towels, shampoos, toothpaste, brushes, and cleaning supplies. The outpouring of love and support for the needs of Tamassee DAR School has been heartwarming and a true blessing.
The students who have been at Tamassee during previous Christmas seasons are anxiously awaiting the parties and events scheduled for the next couple of weeks. They will have time to revisit with friends from the community, churches, individuals and DAR members who they remember from the past. There will be joy and conversations with lots of catching up to do much as they gather together and share the stories of where their lives have taken them over the past year. There will be visits from former students who return to campus to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to reminisce about their adventures outside of Tamassee. Often they bring with them, their spouse and children to share the magic of Tamassee. For the children who are experiencing their first Tamassee Christmas, we are confident they will find the same love, joy, warmth and security that has been felt by every student, who over the years has come through the gates of the Place of the Sunlight of God and we thank you for that.
Stop by the Duke World of Energy and visit the Tamassee DAR School tree on display. Members of the Salem Iris Garden Club designed, created and sponsored the entry which highlights Tamassee DAR School’s Road to 100. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite design as the 3 trees with the most votes will receive monetary prizes for their organization.
Looking for a special gift for someone? Consider the gift of tickets to An Evening with Pianist Calvin Jones. The concert event will be held at the Southern Wesleyan University Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center in Central, South Carolina on April 5th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Children ages 5 and under are FREE. Groups of 20 will receive a $2.00 discount per ticket when purchased together. Purchase tickets and reserve your seats at www.swu.edu/boxoffice/. We hope to see you there!