One week ago today a benefit was held in Jacob's honor. It was the cooks at my husband's workplace that thought up the idea and everyone at his workplace pitched in to help. I can't even imagine the manpower that goes into setting something like this up and we were beyond amazed at how pulled together it was and what a successful turnout there was. It brought in about three times more than my husband and I even imaged and we are eternally grateful to everyone who organized, donated, and attended this benefit.
Tables were already filled with people when we arrived at the event. People were also milling about the tables that held silent auction items, such as these baskets:
There had to have been about a 100 items donated for the silent auction and our thanks go out to those businesses and individuals who donated.
We are not a well known name in this town so it amazed my husband and I to see not only people we knew but also hoards of people that we don't know attend to show us support. The stream of people coming and going was steady all evening. It was a heartwarming and touching event for us.
Jacob was tired and overwhelmed himself but wanted to stay the whole night and therefore did. He knew that this party was for him and I think even a 5 year old boy can wrap his head around that somewhat.