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The Christmas Miracle

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Posted: January 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita residents came to a young mom's rescue to ensure her children had a visit from Santa. Above, Hayden, 12 (left), and Dylan, 9, showing off a present a local resident gave to Santa for delivery to the boys. Courtesy photo

 

They say angels come in all forms. I find this especially true after so many of them showed last week to show my children the true meaning of Christmas.

The people of Santa Clarita embraced my children with their hearts and their loving arms, after reading our story – “Hope for Christmas” - in the Dec. 22 Our Community section of the paper.

As a single mother of two young boys, I often find myself going without, so my children don’t ever have to. However, on Christmas, I couldn’t let my children lose hope in Santa Claus, and apparently neither could this community and all of Santa’s helpers who live here. One special helper appeared at my desk at the Senior Center, handing me an envelope with a letter inside, and a donation to my sons and I. The letter read: “Soldiers aren’t the only heroes, mothers are too”.

After a hug in my office, and a good cry, I started to feel a sense of calm drape over all of my worries, if even for just that moment.

My sons were especially surprised when the one thing on their Christmas list that they wanted more than anything, showed up at our door on Christmas Eve, an XBOX One gaming system.

After Santa left, my son Hayden opened the gift with his little brother, and he began to cry tears of joy. He was overcome with emotion like I have never seen before. I couldn’t help but cry with him as we embraced by our family’s Christmas tree – one that was no longer bare underneath. It was right out of the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Sure, we may live in a small apartment, sharing only one room, but it isn’t the size of our surroundings that make it a home, it’s the love that grows inside of it. That love will live on, whether we live in a box or a palace.

I just want to thank the kind people of this community who got their friends, neighbors, and even co-workers involved by helping with gift cards, food, and making my children’s Christmas “the best Christmas ever!” - as my boys so well put it.

The joy in their eyes on Christmas morning brought something to my heart that will stay with me forever, peace and comfort.

I know we may not have a lot, but the bond we have for each other and the new friends we made over the past few days, will triumph over any of life’s financial stresses, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Editor’s Note:  We invited a young mother to share her story with us about her fear that Santa would not be able to visit her sons on Christmas morning. After reading her story, residents ensured that Santa made a stop at the Dering house. Jess Dering wanted to thank everyone and let people know that they “helped save Christmas” for her and her boys.

 

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