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I know how hard this year has been on local families. There have been so many people laid off in the Wichita area and so many of those families just don't have the extra money to make it a Merry Christmas for their kids. This is the time of year when those of us who can step up and help out those who can't. Even if it's just a small toy for a toddler that's one toy a little boy or girl wouldn't have otherwise.
Our hallways are starting to fill up here at the station so if you did adopt a child with our Christmas Crusade please don't forget to bring your gift here to the station by Friday at 5:00. I know people have really great intentions but every year we have a lot of toys that don't show up - so that's why we always so we need extra toys too!
I always adopt a few kids and this year I took two Star of Hopes from the Salvation Army. One mom wanted dishes and glasses for her family and another mom wanted an iron. An iron! This is the first year I have done the Star of Hope and I like to think there's a mom in Wichita who will be serving Christmas dinner with her new dishes. I like that thought. AND another family will look nice in clothes that aren't wrinkled! :)
This to me truly is the magic of Christmas...a total stranger helping out someone they don't even know and never will. I love seeing people stop at the kettles and put in money (I have a rule that I put in one dollar every time I step into a store with a bell ringer), I love to hear about people donating food to the Kansas Food Bank. All of the people who got a toy for a child they don't know. To all of those who help out - God Bless and Merry Christmas.