To the Editor:
This letter is in response to an amazing act of kindness and Christmas spirit our family received.
First, this year has been a hard year financially. We know that we are not the only family that has struggled to make ends meet.
Work is very hard to come by right now and my husband became unemployed a couple months ago. The same thing is happening to many families. I have gone back to work and every penny made, we put toward trying to make our house payment and other bills, which doesn’t leave very much left over at the end of the day.
We don’t have much for luxuries. We try not to spend money if we don’t have to, but we know that it doesn’t need to be explained, because many of you know the exact same struggle. But, it teaches you the most important luxury you can have is your family and friends. In the end, that new expensive toy won’t matter, but your family and friends will.
This holiday, we explained to our children that Christmas would be very small. They were completely fine with that too. Christmas morning came and the kids had things in their stockings and a couple presents under the tree. As we were about to open the gifts under the tree, our dog decided she needed to go outside. When I opened the door, there on our porch were four huge shopping bags of wrapped presents for our children!
They all said from Santa. There was even a gift for Mom and Dad.
We could not believe the amazing act of generosity and kindness that someone or some people did. It filled my heart with so much sprit.
I cried as my children opened the gifts. It was such an amazing feeling that someone or some people wanted our children to have an extra special Christmas.
We want to say ‘Thank You’ from our hearts for caring and for an amazing and magical Christmas. It will never be forgotten. Some day we hope to return the act of generosity to another family in the same situation.
Angela, Dana II, Dana III, Alexis and Dylan Hatch, Bristol