This holiday season, people are making a mad dash for stores to get Christmas presents for loved ones. The most special presents, though, may not be found in a store. The most thoughtful options are the gifts of support, time, wisdom, friendship and love.
At Christmastime, the young and young-at-heart also find hope and believe in miracles. There is some kind of magic in this joyous time of the year that makes kids earnestly believe that their heart’s biggest desire can be granted if they wished for it hard enough.
One such kid who dared to believe is Arnulfo Guerra Jr. He wrote a tearjerking letter to St. Nick asking for a healthy heart for his mother.
This is what the boy wrote:
Letter For Santa Claus
I believe in you and the miracles, Santa I don’t want toys for me, only I want a [healthy] heart for my mom, she’s sick, her diagnostic is transposition of the great [arteries] (T.G.A). I’m sad for her she’s 46 years and I only 12, next March 18 I will be 13 teen, we need her for many years more, me and my Dad pray all days for mom. Only I want is to see my mom [healthy] and happy.
When the letter was handed by a social worker to the Channelview Fire Department in Channelview, Texas, the boy’s selflessness and focus on one thing that was really needed touched the hearts of the first responders. It prompted them to give Arnulfo a surprise gift — a new bicycle and some stuff from the community toy drive.
This story conveys a simple message: Next time you are looking to give certain people something, think about what they may be missing or sorely lacking. You need not even shell out money.
The sweet and caring gestures you do today can be the most meaningful presents that can bring joy to your gift recipients. It proves that it is truly the thought that the giver puts into a gift that makes it special.
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