The Compass - - PORTHTE -

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.

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