An ex­tra spe­cial Christ­mas for Western Bay woman

The Compass - - OPINION -

This story took place in the lead up to last Christ­mas.

Our lady friends all get to­gether for an out­ing be­fore Christ­mas for lunch to ex­change our gifts. We had a lovely out­ing and en­joyed it a lot.

As we paid the cashier, we no­ticed tick­ets for sale on a huge Christ­mas stock­ing with items inside. The pro­ceeds were for char­ity, so we bought some tick­ets for the cause.

Now I was feel­ing low at times, be­cause I didn’t have much money to buy gifts to give my fam­ily, like I usu­ally do. I didn’t even have any bak­ing done and no ex­tra gro­ceries.

But all that changed dur­ing the Christ­mas week when I re­ceived a phone call that in­formed me I was the lucky win­ner of that stock­ing.

I couldn’t be­lieve I’d been so for­tu­nate, es­pe­cially when we re­ally needed it. They say some­times peo­ple win things and don’t need it. Well in this case, it was com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Imag­ine not hav­ing things to give your fam­ily?

When I went to bring the items home, the back seat and trunk of my car was full. I felt so over­joyed, I told the girl with tears in my eyes. I told her I had three grand­chil­dren — two boys and a baby girl. She said most of the toys in there were for boys.

I also have chil­dren with spouses. And I didn’t have a cake made. In­cluded were many items for my grand­sons, and my new lit­tle grand­daugh­ter born in July.

There was a cord­less phone for my daugh­ter, as hers was out of ser­vice. Also, many house­hold items.

I didn’t have an elec­tronic ket­tle, so there was one for me to use, plus other house­hold items.

A drill we gave to our good friend who takes care of our snow re­moval. There was some bed­ding plus new pillows that my son could use for his apart­ment. There were also three cakes. One was even iced that I shared with some friends.

When my fam­ily and grand­chil­dren vis­ited, I was so thank­ful that I could give them those gifts. Most even had Christ­mas cards with them and were also beau­ti­fully wrapped.

I will never be able to tell you how I re­ally felt when I be­gan un­wrap­ping those won­der­ful gifts from strangers. So I would like to thank ev­ery­one who do­nated to this worth­while cause and let them know how it made a real good Christ­mas for this fam­ily who were in des­per­ate need.

I even had a gift cer­tifi­cate for a fresh turkey — some­thing I never tasted be­fore. We even had a veg­etable ham­per for our Christ­mas din­ner.

When we sat down for Christ­mas din­ner as a fam­ily, we gave ex­tra thanks. It was an ex­tra spe­cial Christ­mas. — Ida Crum­mey writes from

Western Bay

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