Salvation Army’s Christmas miracle

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Salvation Army’s Christmas miracleIt was just before Christmas, when all through the town, so much had been given, but the need was profound. Not enough turkeys were brought through the door — more were still needed, to feed all the poor. The envoys they prayed and the wind whispered back, and a donor came in with a bountiful check. Then turkeys in plenty they had to give out, Christmas was saved and the people did shout, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Food Basket program got a last-minute miracle this year when an anonymous donor contributed $1,500 to the program. “We were short on turkeys,” said Envoy Donna Griffin. “We had everything else for the baskets, we just needed turkeys. We were able to give food baskets to everyone on our list.”

Griffin’s favorite Christmas story this year involved a family that came in at the last minute. “It was a single mom with four kids. She hadn’t known to apply for anything. She said, ‘I know not what I can do for my kids.’ She had no money and no hope.

“We had a donor who wanted a family to give an exceptional Christmas to, so I called up the mom and she came in. This was the Saturday before Christmas. The gift was substantial. Each child was given generous gifts, and the mom was given a grocery card,” Griffin remembered.

“That mom had no words. Just the expression on her face was worth it all. These were four children who were not in the system, who otherwise definitely would not have received anything through Toys for Tots or anything else this Christmas.

“She kept saying there were no words to express how grateful she was. To me, this is the spirit of Christmas. Hope came when there was no hope.”

Griffin explained that most of the recipients of holiday food baskets were very appreciative of the help. The baskets are a gift from the Salvation Army and the community, to put a Christmas dinner on the table to share with family and friends. It is not a supplement or an entitlement program.

“Let’s not leave out the reason for the season—the birth of Christ who brings life and love and the gift He gave to all—His life for our salvation,” said Griffin.

Both envoys Charles and Donna Griffin wish everyone a happy New Year and a blessed year for all.

Story First Published: 2013-01-02