The Book of 2012 as Written by Katie's Krops

" We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

2012 is that next book, and there is nothing written in it yet.  No inscription tells how the year will be, our actions will shape it, so 2012 should be amazing. Tomorrow, on our first page will be our grantees. I'll be calling them up to tell them that they are the newest members of the Katie's Krops family.

And this year, as I looked through the applications I was stuck, yet again. There were so many amazing ones; so I decided to give out not four grants but five. I wish I could give grants to everyone who applied. I know that they put so much time and effort into their application.  But as I am picking applications for next year,  I hope to award more!

Another story to grace my book is a cancer garden that we will be planting in the spring. I know that cancer puts a financial strain on families and I would like to help with that. Fresh vegetables are very important to a healthy diet, especially when fighting disease, so I would like to make sure that patients have them.  

We are so excited that  Summerville Baptist believes in our dream and mission and have put us on the calendar for every third Thursday of the year for a Katie's Krops dinner. It may only be one day a month but with no soup kitchen in Summerville, every little bit helps. Our dinners have become a very special way to connect with the individuals that benefit from Katie's Krops and I am thrilled that the dinners will continue in 2012.

Finally, we have our amazing forty-eight foot greenhouse at Mr. Bob's Farm. I am really excited to see what we can grow in there, even in winter; a luxury we have not had yet. We will be able to feed even more people in need. Thank you Mr. Josh, Mr. Klint and Mr. Aaron our new friends in Colorado!

So as we close our book for 2011, we open another one up, filled with exciting trips, opportunities, and being able to feed people in need. I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store!

Happy New Year from Katie's Krops!

Building our greenhouse!