|To the Editor: Bradner chief played Santa to boy, 10, left out of gift program||| Print ||
|Written by Brenda Rambo|
|Wednesday, 06 January 2010 09:42|
The week of Christmas I wrote a letter regarding my great-nephew's last-minute elimination from participating in the Wood Co. "Shop with a Sheriff" program.
First, for those that thought the letter was just a complaint that he didn't get the presents let me clarify. I said up front "Kudos for providing this program to those in need". My only intention was to bring the situation that occurred to light so other children were not rejected at the last minute in the future. Please consider how difficult the situation was to explain to a 10-year-old child when they have been expecting to participate. Whatever the circumstances of the parents, it is not the fault of the child. Obviously it is a wonderful program and I certainly wasn't "bashing" it, only hoping to prevent the unfortunate situation from happening in future years.
That said, I would like to recognize the kindness of Bradner Chief of Police John Chandler, who took it upon himself to take this boy shopping on the evening of Dec. 23 and pay for it out of his own pocket. Thanks are not enough for what you so unexpectedly offered but please know our family is grateful for your incredible generosity. Your kindness touched many that heard the story and we, including a little boy, will never forget it!
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