Cartwright’s rein­deer man spread­ing Christ­mas joy with peo­ple of all ages

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

Jaxon Mor­ris of Cartwright is a true be­liever in the magic of Christ­mas. The six-year-old has all the proof he needs right out­side his door.

The story be­gins in early De­cem­ber when Jaxon’s mother, Pam Mor­ris, saw a Face­book post about two beau­ti­fully made rein­deer. Mor­ris had been ad­mir­ing the an­i­mals, made from birch and tree branches, since they be­gan ap­pear­ing in front of peo­ple’s homes in the com­mu­nity last year.

She sent a mes­sage to the woman who’d posted about the rein­deer.

“Dear Santa.

Please stop along the Pardy res­i­dence and pick up one of those cute rein­deer to drop off at our house along the way. Will leave treats.”

Jaxon knew his mom had made the spe­cial re­quest to the fa­mous man in red.

“We went to sup­per that very evening and, as we came back into our drive­way, I could see two of those rein­deer on our bridge. I’m pretty sure I screamed with ex­cite­ment,” Mor­ris re­called.

In the eyes of her young son, it was Santa who cre­ated and dropped off the beau­ti­ful hand­made gift.

“It makes me so happy to see the ex­cite­ment in Jaxon’s eyes when he talks about it... I’m very thank­ful to Mr. Pardy for be­ing very thought­ful and giv­ing, not only at Christ­mas, but all year round,” Mor­ris said.

Be­gin­nings

Donelda Pardy had made the post about the rein­deer.

She helps her fa­ther, Fred Pardy, make the rein­deer and give them to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

For Donelda, the rein­deer story be­gan a few years ago, she said, when she saw a rein­deer in a movie.

“I sent a pic­ture of it to my best friend and told him that I wanted to make some. Last year I got af­ter my Dad to make some,” she said. “He kept say­ing, ‘Yes we will get some birch and try it out.’”

Af­ter her friend made a minia­ture rein­deer and left it on her doorstep, her fa­ther de­cided to go get some birch and try mak­ing one.

“My Dad and I are best friends and we do ev­ery­thing to­gether. And we are both a lit­tle ex­treme. So we ended up with the mak­ings for quite a few. Once we had some made we put some in the front yard and it went from there,” Donelda said.

She can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly how many rein­deer she’s helped her fa­ther make and give away, she said, but is sure the num­ber ex­ceeds 50.

Last year, she said, af­ter Christ­mas they gave away eight that they had in their own yard.

Spe­cial de­liv­ery

The old cliché it’s bet­ter to give than to re­ceive, comes to mind when Donelda re­lates the story about the first rein­deer she and her fa­ther de­liv­ered, un­be­knownst to the home­owner.

“Aunt Dora’s (Hamel) were the first sneaky de­liv­ery. We put on Christ­mas hats and snuck up and my Dad in­sisted we put them on her front bridge. Whatta’ laugh we had when we were run­ning to hide in the bushes af­ter,” she re­called. “Need­less to say, we were spot­ted and found out once Aunt Dora posted on Face­book about her Christ­mas de­liv­ery.”

Donelda said her par­ents — Fred and Linda Pardy — are in­cred­i­bly kind peo­ple. They taught her and her sis­ter — An­drea Pardy — all about re­spect, she said, that peo­ple shouldn’t judge oth­ers and that kind­ness changes the world.

Why does her fa­ther take the time to col­lect the birch, make the rein­deer and give them away, of­ten­times, to peo­ple never ex­pect­ing the de­light­ful de­liv­ery?

“It’s my Dad’s way. It’s just how he is,” Donelda said. “Be­ing kind is con­ta­gious in this fam­ily. Just the smiles are enough.”

Gen­eros­ity ap­pre­ci­ated

Sonya Dyson was both sur­prised and de­lighted last Christ­mas to dis­cover four beau­ti­ful rein­deer out­side her home.

Re­fer­ring to Fred Pardy as “the rein­deer man”, she said he doesn’t re­al­ize how good his gen­eros­ity makes peo­ple feel.

“It makes you want to pay it for­ward and do good things for oth­ers. He doesn’t ask any­thing for his rein­deer, but I’ll drop him off a few cook­ies when I bake some­thing or a few squares,” Dyson said.

Dyson said Fred and Linda Pardy are very kind-hearted peo­ple.

“They have their girls raised the same way,” she said.

Dyson re­lated to the story of young Jaxon and how the rein­deer showed up at his home. The boy is her god­child, she said.

“For Jaxon the rein­deer are truly mag­i­cal,” she said. “And that’s what Christ­mas is all about.”

SUB­MIT­TED

A rein­deer made by Fred Pardy, along with Jaxon Mor­ris’ dog Ju­nior.

SUB­MIT­TED

Jaxon Mor­ris made. with a rein­deer Fred Pardy

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