Early last Monday morning 10 days before Christmas I received a call from a volunteer worker at St. Stephens Church. She related a story of a grandmother crying uncontrollably in her office. The woman was the grandmother of three, the baby was 3, the middle child was 5 and the oldest was 8. There would be no Christmas this year, her daughter was laid off from work, her son in law walked away from the marriage and there was no money left after paying for rent and food to even think about buying presents. How can a daughter explain to her precious babies that Santa would be unable to come this year?
All I could say was, I’ll make some calls and see what I can do. I made 4 calls that day and waited and hoped that a miracle would happen. Two of the calls provided nothing, and the two others sounded hopeful. I gave the contact information to reach the worker at St. Stephens and waited.
The following Monday with only 3 days until Christmas I witnessed my miracle. Ted Tomasone, president of the North End Athletic Association and a truly fantastic wonderful human being showed up with 5 huge bags of wrapped gifts from Santa including toys and coats and clothes for each of the children and if that was not enough, an envelope containing gift cards for food, and gas was also provided.
Aaron Michlewitz was also able to provide some toys as was Karen D’Amico a worker of Aaron’s who personally went out and bought toys and pajamas and bed sheets for each of the children. When Karen’s youngest children heard of the family in need they went and chose some of their recently received birthday presents and said Mom, please give these gifts to the kids for Christmas from us. Lee the church volunteer and I also provided a cash donation.
What a beautiful Christmas this family will now have thanks to the angels that live and work among us. None of us knew this family, we were all strangers ten days ago, but that didn’t matter there was a need and people stepped forward. I am so proud to live in a neighborhood where people still help and care for each other, without asking for anything in return.
So to Ted, the NEAA, Aaron, Karen, Serina, John and Lee I can only say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to witness my very own Christmas Miracle.