We thought Thanksgiving ended a month ago, but since we’ve came back to the office after the holiday break, we’ve been flooded with messages of gratitude. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Ms. H. Ms. L called to say, “Thank you for your Christmas gift. It just lifted me up. I was down and this just lifted my spirits.” Mr. B echoed the sentiment, saying that his gift “brightened up my otherwise gloomy life right now.”
For the past several months, the AHH holiday committee has been hard at work organizing holiday gifts for the clients in our charitable and subsidized programs. For many of these clients, a gift from A Helping Hand is the only gift they receive during the holiday season. Funds provided by the Oak Grove Ruritan Club, Activate Good, and individual contributors were used to buy gift cards, and Whole Foods donated toiletry items. Flyleaf Books donated several books and gift cards, the Chelsea Theater donated movie tickets, and Pur Bella salon donated haircuts. Epworth United Methodist Church donated 10 gift bags that they individualized for each client, with items tailored to each person’s needs, including gifts of dog and cat treats and toys for those who have pets. Volunteers then hand-delivered all 91 gifts to clients’ homes. Dusty Butler alone spent more than 30 hours and drove countless miles delivering gifts over the course of the month of December!
Mr. F’s gift arrived at just the right moment. “You are the only person to hold me speechless. I just opened the gift…I can’t believe it. It comes at an incredibly perfect time since we were out of resources.” His regular companion typically comes on Thursdays to take him grocery shopping, but he said, “I was going to cancel my assignment for Thursday since we don’t have the money to go shopping. It’s unbelievable. I still think I’m dreaming. I was just sitting here for 30 minutes staring at it in disbelief.”
When Ms. C called us, she could barely get the words out as she cried. “My spirit is so blessed. People don’t know what you’re going through. Sometimes all you need is a kind face and a warm heart. You exemplify the work of God, you help when you need it most. I can actually get something for me!”
“Thank you so much for the gift. It’s something I really wanted. I got so excited I forgot how to use my phone,” said Ms. R.
Ms. B was just as excited. “Thank you, thank you, thank you! That helps so much. That’s an awesome, awesome present. You all made our Christmas,” she said.
Mr. P summed it up well: “Y’all have been real good to me. I appreciate everything.”
Special thanks to the holiday committee members who made this all possible: Yasmin Amini, Jackie Podger, Clark Williamson, Ana Roman, Taylor Balog, and Phyllis McDaniel.
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