The Grace of Christmas Kindness

At the end of a rainy evening, the long, last day of “Christmas Kindness,” we were turning off the lights and preparing to leave when there was a knock at one of the church doors.  There was a woman sent by AID Atlanta, frail and thin, in a wheelchair being pushed by her young daughter.  We learned that they had been on their way to their Christmas Kindness shopping appointment for several hours using public transportation and the sidewalk.  We turned the lights back on and welcomed them in.  One of us entertained her daughter while the mother shopped.  She started in the toy rooms where she picked out gifts for her daughters.  When she passed the purses on display for teen girls, her eyes lit up.  She went from the toy rooms to the coat room, and while she selected coats, we decided to surprise her with a purse. We took two in for her to choose from, and she was so overwhelmed she just couldn’t decide.  More volunteers got involved and soon someone was modeling coats for her.  Even our maintenance crew joined in.  Despite her weak condition, she smiled and laughed, and thoroughly enjoyed our efforts.

After we gathered all of their “Christmas” into bags, we pooled our money for a cab to take them home.  The cab driver helped with the wheelchair, assuring us that he would get them into their apartment.  When we thanked him, he said with a smile, “We are all human.”  We turned off the lights again and left that evening filled with grace, knowing that God had sent one of his angels to show us just how meaningful Christmas Kindness can be.

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