Children Have The Best Hearts
--by ljcrowefamily, posted Dec 24, 2006
This year, my family applied for Christmas Assistance from the Salvation Army. I'm a single mom and have not been able to work. Dad's a bit of a non-entity and was fired earlier in the year so times have been really tough. My son has been in and out of the hospital for six years with severe kidney disease. He is 8 years old and his brother is 7.
My sons know we have money troubles, but not the mass extent of it. They have and will always be provided for as I have a very loving and supporting set of parents.
We were at Meijer and I was stressing about grocery money, and gas money and the holidays coming up. Meanwhile, my 8-year-old sees the Salvation Army guy, and it's really cold and he asks if we can give him some change. My son walks over and gives the guy a dollar, and my other son does the same. I see my sons talking to him and gesturing, and hear them say "be right back".
They come over and ask if we can get him some coffee because it's cold and he's been out there for two whole hours already. So, we go inside, buy the man some Starbucks and suddenly I'm not thinking about my bills, or my worries at all. Instead, I'm having a wonderful conversation with a man who dedicates his time to collect for the Salvation Army and wondering what I've done today that's as valuable.
I hug both my kids, because yet again they have shown me the value of kindness . . . in more ways than they can imagine!
Well done, you!
Your story just gave me the hope I needed.