Dec. 11th, 2009

My dad and a family friend walked up the steps and rang the doorbell. A man answered the door, accompanied by two young children.

"Hello - we're here from Northeast Adopt-a-Family. We're here to drop off your Christmas hamper. Just let us know where you want us to drop off the boxes," my dad said.

"Oh, just over there," the man replied, pointing at a space in the living room.

Before my dad and his friend went back down the steps towards our van to bring the boxes in, he turned to the man and asked if he would take the kids upstairs, as part of the hamper consisted of unwrapped gifts for the kids. Off he went with the kids, and off my dad and his friend went to bring in several huge boxes of food and gifts.

Once everything was brought into the house, the man came back. His jaw almost dropped to the floor, shocked by how many boxes there were and how large they were. With tears in his eyes, he walked over to my dad and shook his hand.

"Thank you very much - this is just great. Merry Christmas!," the hamper recipient said with a tremble in his voice.

"Merry Christmas to you as well," my dad answered back.

This story still touches my heart as strongly as it did when I first heard it a few years ago when my dad came home from delivering that Christmas hamper to one very grateful man and his family. I think it still touches my dad's heart, too.

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