This afternoon, I was handed a pile of thank you notes for my small part in helping the youth in detention have a better Christmas. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and amazed at the honesty of the youth. I’d like to share a few excerpts.
“You gave us a better Christmas and more hope.”
“This was my second time having Christmas in my 14 years of life. And it was one of the best ones.”
“You don’t know how happy it makes me to know someone has taken the time out of their life to make me a happy person on Christmas.”
“It was so touching to know someone cares about the ones that sometime feel forgotten.”
“I have not had a Christmas in 5 years. You guys made my day with the gifts you got. I really am thankful.”
“Growing up Christmas never meant much to me. It was just another day of another month of another year. I’ve found that I don’t look forward to this time of year. Being in jail I thought this time of year could not get much worse but yet waking up on Christmas morning I still had hope. Hope because I had heard what Christmas is like in here but I did not want to let myself believe it…I cannot begin to describe to you the overwhelming joy and happiness that came over me. Because of you my Christmas was made and to me it did not matter what gifts I got, it was more meaningful to me that someone cared enough to help someone else out.”