|To the Editor: Caring city came through again||| Print ||
|Written by Maryann Sandusky-Gibson|
|Wednesday, 30 December 2009 09:25|
Over the past 10 years, the day after Thanksgiving, we clear out our front window at our store, add a Santa, a street and some Christmas socks. No fancy Christmas display, just an empty window. Oh yeah, and a sign explaining that we're trying to fill the window with gifts for the kids for Christmas. In the past, the window has filled quickly and we've been able to pass along a bit of Christmas hope and cheer to little ones who otherwise might not have had a Christmas present.
But this year, the window sat empty for 2 weeks. I got scared that perhaps there would be no gifts for the kids this year. Understandable, with the economy the way it is, jobs in short supply, foreclosures, business shutting doors and all the rest that our country is dealing with this year. But I need not have worried. As always, this very special, caring community came through! The gifts started coming and you all filled our window with enough gifts for 75 children and 36 local families! That is more than we've done in the past. In a time when so many have and are facing hard times, you still cared enough to give to those who needed a hug and some help. God bless each of you!
Your gifts went to The Cocoon Shelter and Rev. Gary Sweet and his staff at Dayspring Church who delivered gifts to families all over our local area (regardless of religious affiliation.)
Thank you to all who helped and shared a little bit of their heart to make Christmas what it really is all about, a time of love, sharing and caring.
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