At Christmas a few years ago, I decided to do something a little different for the way that I was donating to the toy drive system. I would give (and still do) toys to the Toys for Tots, and the Salvation Army — great toy drives. I found myself wishing to go further and be more personal. 

Then one night I had been walking through the local Walmart, to pick up some oil for my car, when I overheard a woman talking to her child about how they needed to put this toy, (a hoverboard) that they really wanted on his Santa Claus list, because she could not afford to get this item for him because of the year had been so hard for them. You could hear in her voice how much she had wished she could have. That’s when this young man said, “Thats okay mom, Santa knows how hard it was for us to move here and he’s glad that we got out of the car into our apartment, because you worked so hard to make this happen, and now he has a place he can find us at.” 

I fought real hard not to cry and laugh both at the same time. 

That is why I now go through the toy section there and once each year there I pick someone and give them a gift from Santa, to their parents and the one that they were writing Santa for. I hope that you might want to do this or your own version of Santa’s helper.

Please share it with us all, we need to hear about how the wonderful spirit is still around, when today it seems as if everything wonderful is hiding or it’s just gone. 

May I be the first to say, “Have a great holiday season.”


Carl Bohlin


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