Christmas is just 3 1/2 weeks (24 days) away now. Many children can hardly wait for Santa Claus to make his annual visit on Christmas Eve. Most of those kids will have their dreams come true on Christmas morning but a lot of others will awaken to no Christmas gifts.
Last year, several of you helped us to bring Christmas to 10 plus children in our community. Without our help, they would have found nothing under their Christmas tree. So far, I know for a fact that there are three children in need of our love and care this year. One girl is 8-years-old, one boy is 9 and the other boy is 10. If you know of others who need us to help, please let me know as soon as possible. Last year, we didn't find out about 3 children until about a week before Christmas. Sort of at the last minute, everything came together and they were thrilled with their gifts.
As of right now, we have had twenty dollars donated to help with the cost. If you can help with supplying toys, clothes or some money, please let me know. If you want to bring gifts over now, that will be fine. If you prefer to wait until later this month, that is fine also. We understand that times are tough right now. If you cannot afford to help, we understand. No matter what, Stan, the girls and I will help the three children whom we know about right now.
You may not think a 5 or 10 dollar gift can make much of a difference in someone's Christmas but that would be wrong. When you're a child who is accustomed to not having any gifts, that 5 or 10 dollar gift means the world to them! Last year, we were able to help a family of three children who had never had gifts to celebrate their birthdays or Christmases. When they saw the loot that Santa Clus brought to them, they were over the moon!!! One of the children stashed away one of her Christmas gifts so that she would have something to open for this Christmas.
Because of others' generosity, all three of those children were able to do something the first day of school after Christmas vacation that they had never done before--they got to stand up at the front of the class and show a gift that Santa Claus had brought to them. They weren't forced to just sit in their chairs while everyone else got up to show and tell...
When I was growing up, I assumed that all kids had wonderful lives that included bounties of Christmas gifts. That fantasy died in December of 1989. That was our first Christmas with our son, Adam. He was 10-years-old and had not had Christmas gifts before that year. He really didn't know how to handle his "good fortune" that year. Adam shared with us that he always dreaded the first day of school after Christmas. He said that he was always the one kid in his classroom who had nothing to show or tell about. Adam never understood what he had done that kept Santa Claus from giving him something for Christmas...
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