In all seriousness, we have had a record year of kettles. As of Monday, December 18th we exceeded our goal of $68,000. I won't know the final figures until at least Wednesday when our coins are counted at the bank, but I am estimating that we will come in at about $80,000. Last year we did $63,700. I enjoy the thrill of kettles. I enjoy challenging myself and my workers to push a little harder. Only once in my 9 years of doing this by myself have I not exceeded my goal. I am not bragging that is is just fact.
Here are some numbers from the last 6 weeks of my life.
Miles put on Chevrolet Express Van---7,350
Miles per gallon on those miles--11.7
Hours per work each day---14-15
Black Bags under my eyes--2
Seeing peoples faces as they receive gifts and knowing the Army's work will go through in 2007...priceless!
That is what it is all about. My soldiers told me to get rest. They noticed the bags under my eyes! Today Jay was thrilled that there would be no kettle pick ups tonight or for the next 11 months.
As I type this our home is clean, and our kids are laying down in anticipation of Santa coming to Norwich. It was good hard work, but I am glad it is over.