As I sit and write this blog, I am amazed at the fact that I have my air on and it’s December 23rd. This is just one of the many reasons I love living in South Carolina, even though my husband would prefer it be 20 degrees. In less than 48 hours all the hustle and bustle, hoopla, standing in long lines and sitting in traffic will all have payed off and then you’ll have 365 days to get ready to do it again. I find myself on en emotional roller coaster this holiday season-I’m excited because I am able to watch the excitement and anticipation through the eyes of my 16 month old granddaughter and what a blessing this is. At the same time, I’m saddened because it will be my first Christmas without my Mom, she lost her battle to cancer in May and this was one of her favorite holidays and she loved the trees and the lights. I’m certain she’s got her own special room in that great mansion all decked out and shining brighter that ever!
I had the honor to work with the Elgin Police Department Toys Roundup and Caring Hands again this year and this group-Chief Brown, Mrs. Cathy, Renee Wilson, Derek Turner, Theresa Hanley, Keri Todd, Emily Emmons and the officers-did a great job of bringing Christmas to some 46 families and 100 children. Each year it seems to grow, but go smoother and to see those smiles is worth more than the weight of gold. I am proud of our Police Department and the fact that it’s not just a job to them, it’s about making a positive difference in the community. If you see one, please take the time to thank them-they go above and beyond in their service to the Town of Elgin and you would not find a finer group anywhere else even if you tried.
God Bless each and everyone and it is my wish that you find your piece of heaven right here on earth. Enjoy this time with your loved one and I wish for you safe travels as you are out and about.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Melissa Brazell Emmons
Mayor Pro Tem