SALVATION ARMY MAJOR DONNA HAYWARD Lower Island Cove
Salvation Army Major Donna (Walters) Hayward recalls that “times were tough” growing up in Grand Bank on the Burin Peninsula.
“My mom didn’t work when we were young. My dad was the only one that worked, but we always had lots of food, we were never cold and of course we were given lots of love. No matter how tough it was for my parents to make ends meet, they would always make sure we had a wonderful Christmas,” she said.
“We would get up early on Christmas morning and open our gifts. Dad would cook breakfast while mom would get the turkey and all of the trimmings ready for dinner.”
She recalls a neighbour would usually dress up as Santa and visit on Christmas Eve.
“My siblings and I would look forward to this every year,” she said.
Major Hayward’s older sister would always save up her money and buy their money and younger siblings a special gift.
“One year she bought my brother a Spider-man gun and she gave me a suede purse. I loved it.”
Major Hayward has been an officer in the Salvation Army for 15 years, and still gets a warm feeling this time of year.
“Christmases were always special at our house, and I will cherish these memories forever. Now that I am a parent of two precious boys, I try to do special things for them that they will cherish when they get older,” she said.