How a bike can heal a Veteran and family?
Secret Santa receives requests and letters from all walks of life and for many different reasons. It may be a Mom or Dad, or a co-worker seeing a friend go through tough times. This letter was from a Grandma who had a son and daughter-in-law go through some hard times. He had just made it home from his Military tour and was still recovering from an injury. Dad was struggling with walking and was building up strength. The Grandmother wanted something that the family could enjoy together. She had asked for bikes for her grandchildren and their Mom. Secret Santa was able to fulfill their request. The littlest in the family was just three years old, and kept asking if she could really keep the bike. The look on this family’s face is priceless and makes all our hard work so worthwhile!
Paying it forward…
At the end of a busy workday we had a young lady rush in and ask, “Is It too late to drop off my Secret Santa Gift!?” She exclaimed that she had just gotten her very first paycheck, from her very first job, and for many years she had wanted to adopt a heart and buy a gift for someone. She told us her story that when she was struggling and feeling forgotten, Secret Santa had surprised her with a gift. She had never forgotten, and it was her time to pay it forward.
A Holiday Win Win
A woman came into the Volunteer Center to pull a heart from our tree so that she could give a gift for the holidays. We have a few items that are not allowed to be requested; usually because of the high cost of the item. But on this heart was a wish for a Coach Purse, which would usually not be allowed. The woman asked if it was OK to give a gently used coach purse for this request. She explained that her daughter had passed away a couple of years before, and she would love to pass it on and know that someone was enjoying her daughter’s purse.
Santa did not forget me
“I’m glad Santa found me. I thought he would not remember me (this email went on to say how much he felt that he was a bad boy and that even his mom doesn’t love him… why would Santa)”
Santa is real
When I was eight, I put away childish ideas and realized that Santa was something little kids believed in. At eight, I was far too mature to believe in “pretend” beings and fantasies. And, for the next seven decades, my beliefs have never wavered.
Your recent “Secret Santa” phone call annihilated any prior thoughts I had about pretend beings. There is a Santa, and he calls you on the phone!
It has only taken me 70 years to discover that fact! After surviving breast cancer, and now the complete loss of our home which we built for our retirement, there has been little hope left in our life. Yet something beautiful has come out of all this sadness and it is exemplified by the care and generosity of the people in our community. Your gift is an attestation to that fact. And what an uplifting thought to realize that, no matter what, we all have one another.
Thank you from my heart