True Christ­mas spirit

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Best of all, Christ­mas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fel­low men should pre­vail over all ha­tred and bit­ter­ness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives man­i­fest the pres­ence of God.

- Ge­orge F. McDougall

This past week was full of lo­cal tragedies, but per­haps the sad­dest was the story of a New­born fam­ily whose life was torn asun­der by the death of a fa­ther and hus­band.

Christo­pher Tyler Evans, 37, was killed in a car ac­ci­dent in Athens on the way to cel­e­brate his wed­ding an­niver­sary and take his two young sons on the an­nual out­ing to see Santa.

Any death is sad, but it seems all the more dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand dur­ing the time of year that’s sup­posed to be re­served for joy­ful mem­o­ries with fam­ily.

This story tore at the heart strings of many of our read­ers, in­clud­ing our own re­porter Am­ber Pittman, who is the mother of a young son her­self. As a re­sult, Am­ber took it upon her­self to ask Santa Claus him­self if he would be will­ing to take some time to go visit with the griev­ing fam­ily and of­fer com­fort to two young boys in need. He gra­ciously agreed.

Am­ber then called the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment and asked if they’d be will­ing to use money from the Po­lice Who Care fund to as­sist Santa on his visit. They were also more than gra­cious in their gen­eros­ity.

The re­sult of that hard work is the heart­warm­ing story of joy amidst tragedy that is to­day’s cen­ter­piece.

Sto­ries like this show the car­ing na­ture of the Amer­i­can spirit, a spirit that makes our dark­est days seem a lit­tle brighter.

We ap­plaud Am­ber’s ef­forts, we thank the of­fi­cers of the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice force and we thank old Saint Nick for never let­ting us down.

To the Evans fam­ily, we, and we’re sure many oth­ers, will con­tinue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers dur­ing this dif­fi­cult sea­son.

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