This past Christmas, we had a few families referred to us, who needed help with buying presents. Each family received presents for their children's wish list, from the kind hearted community members in South Jersey, and we appreciate every single one of you! This one particular family of three, in Millville, was blessed with 15 strangers who make up the Italian Kitchen at Wilmington University. They acted on our call to action in the South Jersey Times, started fundraising immediately and raised money from within their group and from their friends and family. They began shopping that same night and within a week had the shopping done.
They donated everything on the two girl's wish lists, including bikes, child friendly sewing machine, tablet, clothes and tons more! They also stocked their refrigerator and cabinets with tons of fresh produce, canned, and boxed food. We personally saw the mom's reaction to the overwhelming support by this group and she cried from joy as she sat in disbelief. The family in need rushed to put their tree up, feeling the Christmas spirit for the first time, when they found out they would have a Christmas. The little girls eyes gleamed with excitement with the thought of wrapped boxes under the tree. They decorated the tree, smiling from ear to ear. I wish it was possible to bottle up the emotion of seeing such a site to inspire others to give those in need. A little bit really does go a long way.
Trudy, from the Italian Kitchen told us, "Did we learn or gain anything from this? We learned how lucky we truly are and a little bit goes a long way. We all believe in karma. We stumbled across a saying the other day that said "The things you take for granted someone else is praying for." This is so true."
We want to send out a special thank you to The Italian Kitchen at Wilmington University family for your kindness and thoughtfulness this holiday. You helped revive the "spirit" of Christmas for this family and I personally believe that was the best gift anyone could give. Thank you!