You Are the Christmas Miracle

It aggravates newspaper people terribly when we cannot get our questions answered. But today, one of my greatest joys is not having been able to get an answer to one question I’ve been asking for years: How many children are happy today because of people like you?

I started some years ago by asking a fellow involved in the Toys for Tots campaign if he had any idea of how many young children were helped, throughout the Ohio Valley, by programs such as his.

Lots, he said.

Could you be a bit more precise? No, he answered. He wasn’t even certain how many youngsters benefited from his project, much less the scores of others in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio.

I asked my friend another question: How many needy children in our area will not receive nice toys and other unexpected gifts this Christmas?

Very few, if any, he answered. How could he be so certain of that?

Because somehow, every year, no one his organization knew needed help was denied it, he said. His acquaintances working with other Christmas projects had the same policy, he told me.

But how is that possible? How can you be certain you’ll collect enough toys and money to help everyone?

He shrugged. “I don’t know,” he responded. “It seems like every year, when we’re within a few days of having to wrap it up, we’re short of money.

“Then people we know ask us how much we need, and we get it.”

Call it a Christmas miracle, if you like.

Many years of living among you good people of the Ohio Valley have led me to understand that an enormous number of you want every child to be delighted on Christmas morning — and will do all in your power to ensure that happens.

If that’s how you live your life, your Christmas morning will be delightful, too. You’ll have the incomparable joy of knowing that somewhere, a child is happy and still believes in Santa Claus because of you.

God bless you for that.

I know you’ll have a Merry Christmas.

Myer can be reached at: mmyer@theintelligencer.net.


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