[story by Lisa Brown, Director of Volunteers at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake]
The following letter was written this past December by “Maggie” (not her real name), a New Life resident. Maggie just left New Life this month, after living at the Center since June 2012. I shared the letter with a group at a Be Nice Express* meeting, and am so glad I did! Read on …
When I was younger I used to believe in Santa Claus, until I turned nine. And this is how it began. I was four years old. Living in the projects was something. I had friends who rode on their bikes from sun up to sun down. To tell you the truth I was jealous. When Christmas came I wished for a bike one year, and the next year, and the next year, and the next year, and the year after that, until I turned nine or 10. I realized Santa Claus must be a fake, so I gave up on him. My mom later on told me she was supposed to be Santa Claus but she couldn’t be, because she was broke and always had to pay bills and buy food. I’m 15 years old now and I somehow still believe in Santa Claus. I still want a bike. It doesn’t have to be big. But please make my wish come true!
So after I read this letter to the group, and we all returned to our places of business, I found out that Polly Haberkorn of Texas Land Team was so moved by Maggie’s desire to have her very own bike that she stepped up and purchased a beautiful bike for this young lady! We put a big note on the bike that read “From Santa” and presented it to Maggie. She was so thrilled to be able to return to her home with her new bike. We hear reports that because she washes her bike all the time, Maggie has the shiniest bike around.
*The Be Nice Express is a “pay-it-forward” outreach in the New Braunfels community. It is comprised of a group from companies in nine different cities who distribute treats and gifts to nonprofits like New Life.