This was included in an email received in our mailbox.
Well Santa's sleigh was loaded this evening with lots of toys and warm things for my family. I can tell you I had a wonderful time being Santa's elf for two little girls after having 3 grown sons, 2 nephews and 3 teenage grandsons in my family. My hope is that my decisions are both Santa and Mother approved.
My thoughts as I was gathering their gifts was that I and my family's Mom are sharing in the true meaning of Christmas giving. Having had to apply for heating assistance one cold winter myself, I understand the feelings,and thoughts one has when faced with adversity.
Since that time I made a promise to return the kindness I was shown and to pay it forward. If I had one Christmas wish, it would be that this Mom be able to pay it forward some day. I know she is a caring, compassionate person, having chosen to work in the medical field.
May God bless this little family, and may their Christmas be merry and bright. God bless Adopt a Family for allowing me the privilege of participating and making this Christmas one of the most rewarding experiences for me.
I must go bed down the reindeer now, so they will be ready to pull the sleigh for delivery tomorrow at noon, and to all a good night!
P.S. Please hold good thoughts and prayers for our service women and men. May God keep you safe.
For the 8th year in a row, Adopt-a-Family has been able to answer the requests for holiday help from all the Woonsocket families who asked.
As of Saturday, December 11, all 1,011 families with more than 2,100 kids who applied through Family Resources and met the criteria set by the program had been notified to expect a telephone call sometime before Friday, December 18 telling them to come pick up their children's gifts.
This is the fourth year that Adopt-a-Family is working out of the Elks Lodge #850 at 380 Social Street, Woonsocket. Beginning at 12 noon on the Sunday of Distribution Week (December 12-19) the small army moved bags and boxes of coats, PJ's, socks, sneakers, dolls, Legos, balls, and who knows what else from their storage units in another city location to the large hall they rent annually from the Elks. There was enough merchandise to fill a 14' box truck, a 12' snowmobile trailer drafted for the move and several SUV's and pick-up trucks.
By 6:30 p.m. all the tables were set up and temporary dividing walls were in place and Adopt-a-Family was ready to go.
Starting at 8:00 a.m. today through the close on Friday at 8:00 p.m. a beehive of activity will be going on at the Elks Lodge on Social Street. Let's cross our fingers for sunny weather!