About a year ago, around Christmas time, I told my friend that I want to do something good for the community . Together we decided to create a charity that we now call "Santa's Little Helpers". We decided that we were going to collect gifts and bring them to the children who unfortunately had to spend their Christmas in the hospital. We figured that with all the medical bills it was a good chance that Santa would be low on gifts this Christmas.
Instead of just collecting gifts and bringing them to the hospital in a boring but giving fashion, we decided to get a little creative. We though, wouldn't it be wonderful if these sick children could meet Santa as well as receive gifts from him. We decided to put on a little bit of a show as well as help those in need.
A few weeks before the collection we put flyers in the mailboxes of local neighborhoods stating that Santa needed a little help this year, and to be ready to give Santa a helping hand on a certain date. On the day of the collection, due to the fact that we ourselves were not the richest people in the world, we created a makeshift sleigh using a friend's pick up truck. My best friend and I created little elf costumes and dressed up my friend’s uncle to look just like Santa Clause. And may I say he made a jolly St. Nick. We drove around the neighborhood, standing in the back of this truck, blasting Christmas music and ringing the bells. One by one families with their young children came out to do their part. Not only was the immense amount of gifts we received amazing, but also the look on the children’s faces knowing that they were helping the man who brings joy to them each year was just heartwarming. The night ended as the back of the truck filled with toys from the generous people of the neighborhood.
Two nights later after spending hours upon hours wrapping the wonderful collection of toys, it was time to bring the gifts to the children. Again we dressed up in our festive costumes and headed of to the hospital. As Santa stepped into each room the faces of each child lit up with joy as if it was the greatest thing to ever happen to them. The parents, as well, gave so much thanks that it brought tears to my eyes. It was each time these children smiled that I really knew the meaning of Christmas.