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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.

Date: 2009-12-12 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
Aw. I remember doing a project like that with with my church, it's very humbling.

Date: 2009-12-13 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It is very humbling, but very worth it.

Date: 2009-12-12 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] java-fiend.livejournal.com
I love stories like this and I love that there are organizations around that "adopt" families for the holidays.

Date: 2009-12-13 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I love that there are organizations that do this as well :)

Date: 2009-12-13 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onda-bianca.livejournal.com
Aww, that is very touching and sweet. :)

Date: 2009-12-13 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Date: 2009-12-13 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] libra-dragon.livejournal.com
This is really touching and sweet. If it wasn't for things like that growing up I wouldn't have had much a Christmas each year as a kid. There was a period where my dad was unemployed for close to 8 years so organizations like that were helpful to my parents.

Date: 2009-12-16 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
They are really great organizations, for sure!

Date: 2009-12-14 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
Making someone happy is what the holiday is about. Smile.

Date: 2009-12-16 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I agree with you. Smile.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cacophonesque.livejournal.com
It's good to know that there are people out there who are able to care about strangers so deeply.

Date: 2009-12-16 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It really is great!

Date: 2009-12-14 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drippedonpaper.livejournal.com
Last Christmas, a lady unexpectantly gave me gifts for my 3 kids.

They would not have gotten anything otherwise.

Blessings to people like your dad and that lady.

I still get teary just typing to you about it. What she did meant the world to me..

Date: 2009-12-16 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
That was very nice of that lady. That touches my heart as well.

Date: 2009-12-15 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blythe025.livejournal.com
Very sweet.

Date: 2009-12-16 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2009-12-15 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamaracat.livejournal.com
Oh that is a great story!

Date: 2009-12-16 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2009-12-15 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rejeneration.livejournal.com
When I retire, this is the kind of thing I want to do with the rest of my life. I want to be able to fill people with that kind of awe and love and support. =D Good on your dad!

Date: 2009-12-16 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I would love to do that, too. I like making people feel happy and loved.

Date: 2009-12-15 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenandbronze.livejournal.com
It would touch my heart to see that man smile so he could have a good christmas with his family. I hope you have a wonderful holiday yourself. Excellent entry.

Date: 2009-12-16 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I think it would touch most people's hearts. I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well.

Date: 2009-12-18 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
Aww! That sounds similar to my Grandfather's experience bringing Thanksgiving dinner to shut-ins. It's a really amazing experience and I hope one day I will be able to participate. :)

Date: 2009-12-20 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It really is an amazing experience!
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