Abigail shares her special version of The Night Before Christmas — with a call to action.
Links to the stories we shared:
Christmas miracle in the form of a canine helper
Nate Feola, only 9 years old, has been through so much that a service dog was the least he could ask for. After suffering abuse from his real parents and a set of foster parents, Feola’s medical condition forces him to carry a 20-lb oxygen tank on his back. A furry assistant will make all the difference.
Kid is a good Samaritan AND can do math
Another extraordinary 9-year-old, Mikah Frye recognized that asking for 30 blankets for the homeless was worth more than one Xbox — though both would cost the same.
THE TOYS FOR TOTS STORY
(In honor of my Sweet Baboo, Jim, who served 4 years)
Copied from the Marines web site here: https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/toys-tots-story
Each year since 1947, U.S. Marines throughout the United States conduct local Toys for Tots campaigns from October through December. For over 50 years, these Marines have worked tirelessly to bring the joy of Christmas to America’s neediest children.
The program started in 1947, just 2 years after the end of World War 11, and was the vision of Marine Corps Reserve Maj Bill Hendricks. It began with a “Raggedy Ann” doll handcrafted by Hendricks’ wife, Diane. She asked Bill to find a charitable organization that would deliver the doll to a needy child at Christmas. Bill searched the Los Angeles area but was unable to locate any agency with the mission of providing toys to needy children. His search convinced him that there were thousands of children in Los Angeles who would not know the joy of Christmas. At the urging of his wife and with the support of his CO, Maj Hendricks and a handful of Marine Corps Reservists collected 5,000 toys that they distributed to needy children on Christmas day. In so doing, they launched the Toys for Tots Program.
The 1947 campaign was so successful that the Marine Corps expanded it into a nationwide program in 1948. Each succeeding year, every Marine Corps Reserve site throughout America has conducted a Christmas toy collection and distribution campaign in the community surrounding their Reserve Center. The program has grown from that initial collection of 5,000 toys to a present day average of over 8 million toys each Christmas. Marines now fulfill the Christmas dreams of more than 4 million children annually.
The program was enhanced in 1991 with the introduction of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation as the fundraising and support organization for Toys for Tots. During the past 7 years, the Foundation has supplemented the collections of Marines with 16 million toys.
In areas where there is not a Reserve Center, local community organizations, with the approval of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, conduct Toys for Tots campaigns within their local communities each Christmas. These organizations, groups, corporations, and individuals have made it possible for Marines to collect and distribute over 243 million toys between 1947 and 1998.
Anonymous couple buys entire Good Will toy section — EVERY YEAR
The Fort Collins Goodwill knows this couple well. Every year they buy out the entire toy section and allow the kids to choose any toy they want to take home.
Secret Santa pays for all Toys “R” Us layaways
Charlie K (who is not sharing his full name so that he can remain a SECRET Santa) spent $10,780 of his hard-earned cash to pay for 62 people’s Christmases.
“I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family,” said Charlie K. “I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it.”
He also had everyone in the store choose 3 toys each to donate to Toys for Tots. “The Marines and Toys for Tots are one of the best organizations, and I don’t want to forget them,” he said.
Town surprises boy who is allergic to sunlight by turning night into day
Peyton Madden is an otherwise healthy 11-year-old who likes superheroes, playing with his friends, and biking around his neighborhood. But, in order to go outside during the day, he must suit up in protective clothing that covers him from head to toe. Like Christopher Snow (one of Mélanie’s favorite Koontz characters) Peyton has a rare genetic disease called xeroderma pigmentosum, which means that his skin cannot repair itself after being exposed to the sun.
The citizens of El Dorado partnered with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) so they could orchestrate a special day for Peyton in which they turned “daytime into nighttime”.
Peyton had no idea what was in store for him until he biked into town and found that every member of the community had shown up in full force to give him a “day” that he would never forget. See the video here.
OK kid scares his mom, when all he wanted was to earn money for her gift
After calling in her son missing, Sophia Reed got a special surprise from the OK City police department. It turns out her son was not missing, he was gathering cans to earn money to buy her a Christmas gift. Mom had spent all they had left in a recent move, but the local PD made sure they had a Merry Christmas.