Local Easter Seals Ornament Honors My Granddaddy!!!

This is totally going to be a WORDFUL Wednesday Post... It is about my family and I am so very very proud!
Let me give you the run down...
Family - My dad's dad used to own a bicycle shop in my hometown.  He owned it for over 40 years and people all over town have memories of getting their bikes from him.  He passed away over 20 years ago, but his memory lives on!!!
Easter Seals - I am not sure about everywhere else, but at least in my hometown, each holiday season, Easter Seals of Albany releases a new Christmas Ornament.  They some times have the ornament represent something in the city.  For around 10 years now, I have received one of these beauties for my personal tree.  (They $18 each, that includes shipping and $11 can be written off as a tax write off, if my memory serves me right.)  
This year, my mom put a lot of thought into it and decided to write Easter Seals to see if there was anything that could be done to recommend making an ornament to honor my grandaddy's memory.
Well, after months and months of communication, it was revealed a couple weeks ago...
They released the 2013 Easter Seals Ornament - Pat's Cycle Shop!!!!
The 2013 Easter Seals Ornament, honoring my grandaddy!!!!

Broxton never had the privilege to meet him, but it was great to be able to get this pictures of him at the reveal!!! 

Of course, I had to get a picture of Broxton with my grandmother (his great grandmother!)

The best part of it all was that several of our family members were able to be there for the big day!!!
We drove back to my hometown for the big day!  We met up with several family members at the local Easter Seals location.   The mayor was there and she read a proclamation...   Of course, me being the sentimental / emotional one... I was crying... Just happy that my grandmother was there for the day... Happy that people will have this ornament on their tree for years to come.  My granddaddy sold bikes to make kids happy and what better time than Christmas?
People from Albany buy these for the fact of adding to their collection... People from other places buy these as memories from their past (if they are from Albany) and the great thing with this particular ornament is that people can buy this if they have never even been to Albany... Look at it!  Who didn't have a tricycle like that when they were a kid????
So, if you are interested in buying one (You know I had to put that out there for you all!) Feel free to head on over to the Easter Seals site and order one today!!!

Comments

  1. How wonderful. A great way to honor your grandfather!

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  2. That is so precious.
    It does pay to be a good person. You leave a good legacy.

    I"m so glad for you and your family.

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  3. wow! What a wonderful holiday blessing!

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  4. This is an awesome story!! I love the ornament, the pictures, and the concept!

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