Families in Need Receive a Special Christmas Meal
On Wednesday evening, a group of volunteers from the Random Acts of Kindness group - Rochester, Mn in partnership with Oak Terrace Estates packaged over 100+ Christmas turkey meals for families in need.
There was enough food to go around because of people like Geoff, who donated several turkeys and sides. He shared "I knew I had to try and help some of the less fortunate families in our area by something as simple as giving Christmas dinners to those who otherwise may not be able to afford them. It truly makes a person feel a little different."
Afterwards, the meals were delivered to the families placed on a list by local agencies and social workers. Volunteers were met with smiling faces and genuine gratitude.
Here's what happened on my last delivery tonight:
I delivered one of the last of the #Christmas turkey meals to a family in need tonight. It's interesting how life comes full circle. I knocked on a townhouse door. Two little kids opened the door and I said "Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!" They peered up at me and giggled while their mother walked up to the door. She welcomed me inside. I set the box of food on the floor and knelt down to the kids level, smiling at them. The little girl flung her arms around my neck to give me a hug. I leaned back looking into her eyes and whispered that I was Mrs. Clause. She was just a tiny peanut, giggling again and with eyes wide said "Wowwwwww". The young boy kept stepping a little closer to me inch by inch...until finally he had his arms wide open, ready to fling his arms around me too. I hugged him tight.
The mother is a single parent. She kept thanking me profusely for the Christmas meal. I couldn't help but be reminded that there are SO many people in this world doing everything they can to keep their head above water. Lots of times folks are facing hardship due to medical crisis, loss of job or spouse. This is no fault of their own.
And if we can make their load a little lighter, if we can give them some Christmas joy and magic...then we should and must.
What an honor to be able to provide a Christmas meal to this little family. She hugged me as I left. I could tell this meant the world to her. The memories of this delivery are forever etched into my heart.
Thinking of this family tonight and wishing them a very Merry Christmas.