By Megan Hickman, TSB Staff
My life has been blessed. I spend every Christmas giving and receiving gifts, eating the most amazing food, laughing and spending time with my family and friends.
They are all memorable in one way or another. Waking up to my first bicycle with a big red bow, Christmas Eve parties with Santa, the first Christmas I spent with my husband; I could go on and on. As I said, I have been blessed.
Last year, I was able to be a part of something that I will never forget; Something bigger than Christmas parties and cookie exchanges. Last year, I was able to help in providing Christmas gifts to more than 100 families, who otherwise would have had nothing.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, which partnered with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Community Lifeline Center, (CLC) hosted a reception for families to receive a swell of packages for every family member, including the parents. Each family was adopted from the CLC by a member of the community, and not only did they buy gifts, they also provided necessities – the things we take for granted. There were cookies and treats for the kids. Santa made a visit and families were able to write thank you notes to hang on a beautiful Christmas tree.
I sat at a table, checking the names of the families and watching their reactions as volunteers brought out the items. Tears welled in their eyes; shock struck their faces, relief swelled throughout their bodies. Yes, they could now have a Christmas too.
I will never forget that moment and am looking forward to volunteering again for it this year.
I have been blessed, but the bigger blessing is being able to help others. Nothing can compare.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou