Christmas Charity Story

kamiraa

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Jul 6, 2003
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This is the essence of Christmas . . . a man walked into our socially distanced charity popup, benefiting kids affected by all forms of abuse and in most cases displaced from their families. He looked around wide-eyed at all decorations and photo-ops available and then mentioned he had heard about the free Christmas event and brought a gift to donate.

I asked if he wanted his photo taken, and he felt a little embarrassed as he asked for a wet wipe to clean up. He said it would mean the world if his family could get a Christmas photo of him, and our backdrop to know he was healthy and safe since they haven't seen each other in a long time.

After the photo was emailed, he opened his book bag and pulled out a brand new fleece blanket to place under the tree. At this moment, one of few freezing nights in Austin, I realized this man was homeless and just had donated one of his very few possessions to get through this challenging night.

This year has been extremely rough for us all, but sometimes it takes moments like this to realize we can do more to help each other out. Sometimes it's the little things we do that mean so much to others. We are here in Austin Texas Sat and Sun till 11 pm collecting gifts or cash donations for The SAFE Alliance and United Way if anyone wants to swing by or mail any gifts in 200 East 6th St. Suite 208. Austin, TX 78701

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