A trail of children follow behind Angie, her daughter Raimy, and I as we walk up the stairs to the House of Dreams. Raimy’s mysterious box full of Ziploc bags cause the children to ask questions. They ask just as many questions about the bag I have in my hand. Some even grab at the bag. I enjoy seeing their curious and anxious faces.
At this point, the Dreamers will do whatever you ask them to do, just to find out if the items in the bag are for them. Today, the answer was yes. Whatever was in the bags was solely for the children.
Not too long ago, the House of Dreams began a Pen Pal program. One of our Dreamer’s Pen Pal, Sophie, decided to send her friend, Shirley, and all of the children some gifts. Not all of the boxes arrived as of yet, but we disbursed the smaller items so that the children can enjoy them today. The Dreamers were so happy as they ate their candy and played with their stickers and fake tattoos. Yes, you can find excitement in a Ziploc!
As of now, all but one of the Dreamers have at least one Pen Pal. Some of the older children have two. They enjoy the letters and anticipate the responses from their new friends.
We want to send a big thank you to Sophie and to all of the Pen Pals. You are appreciated!