Friday, December 5, 2003
Family gets into spirit to Lullaby
By ELLEN ZIEGLER
VIEW STAFF WRITER
Although the invitation to Lisa Johnson's residence showed a picture
of the Grinch, the spirit of giving inside the home was anything but
Johnson recently hosted a toy drive at her home in Henderson for
those who support the Lullaby Connection, a local organization that
works to provide local families with items such as diapers or even
burial clothes for infants who have passed away. She and other
members such as Darla Hayden sent out postcard invitations to more
than 300 local families. Nearly 200 people showed up and stayed for
refreshments, which were entirely supplied by Johnson. Others just
dropped off toys and left.
Johnson said the event was something she always wanted to do since
the first time she volunteered with the Lullaby Connection.
"For the past couple of years, just our family has bought things for
places like the Clark County Health District because their nurses
usually end up doing it," she said. "One year, I gave a nurse
presents for one entire family. She was so appreciative, and told me
that sometimes nurses spend their entire paychecks on patients. Many
people in their care don't have jobs because of illness. I thought
at that time, if I can ever afford it, I want to have a big open
house to help the organizations like that one who don't usually get
a lot of help."
This year's gifts are scheduled to be delivered to places such as
Child Haven and the Department of Children & Family Services.
Johnson said she and the other members will wrap several hundred
donated toys and label them with names of children they received
from the agencies.
Hayden said this year's toy drive was a huge endeavor, considering
that it was planned and executed by only a handful of people, but
it's just one more way the Lullaby Connection -- which was started
by a few local women who wanted to make a difference in the lives of
people who couldn't afford common necessities -- can reach out.
"What's great about it is that it's just community people helping
community people," Hayden said. "We found out there is a need for
this, and every year we have done Christmas but not on this scale. I
think its a heartfelt thing that people are willing to reach out,
and 100 percent of their efforts or donations go right to the
Hayden said the recent party was the perfect way to bring people
together to celebrate the holidays by giving gifts to those who
might not otherwise receive them.
"(The event) was a get to know people, fun service thing," she said.
"There's a wide variety of families who don't make enough to sustain
their family but make too much to get assistance. It's been neat to
see how generous the community has been.
"Almost all of the things we've done as the Lullaby Connection we've
done with no money. Our slogan is that we want your hearts, not your
Although Johnson doesn't want to be recognized for her huge personal
effort on behalf of the Lullaby Connection and this year's drive,
Hayden said everyone knows the effort Johnson put forth so local
children could have a nice Christmas.
"It's been nice to see other people (helping). More than half has
been individuals," Hayden said. "But (Johnson) just stepped up to
the plate, which was a huge undertaking. She's an incredible
Originally Printed in The View
News - Green Valley/Henderson on 12/05/03