As you know, a man who was a loving husband and father lost his life in a vehicle accident in November. He left behind a beautiful wife and three adorable little kids who loved him with all of their hearts. There is never a "good time" to lose a loved one but to have to lose them right before Thanksgiving and Christmas is really tough.
Though the family had not lived here for even a year, many people including total strangers stepped forward to offer whatever they could to help the family mend. Today, I learned that one such couple really took on a major undertaking to help. One half of the couple works at a large business in Garden City. He let his co-workers know of the tragedy and asked for donations to help purchase Christmas gifts for the family. He didn't just stop there. He went from one local business here to another and asked for any donations to help. (I know what businesses chose to help. Most of those asked, did help. One business refused to even donate a single dollar. Why? Good question. I will NOT name that business in my blog but my family and I will probably "forget to do business with them in the future."
Anyway, that is neither here nor there. The important thing is that the couple was able to raise approximately $500.00 to buy presents for these little fellas. No, it won't bring their Daddy back but it will sure help the family get through their first Christmas without him a bit better than it would have otherwise.
I just thing that tonight, when we kneel next to our beds to talk to God that we remember to thank him for the big hearts of these total strangers who went out of their way to bring alot of sunshine to some sweet kids who really need it right now.
Thank you, ______ and ______! You're some special people in our world!