From Jeannie Frazer, the Hartland Christmas Project Coordinator When Lucia asked if I would speak on why I do the HCP, my response was I can’t imagine not doing it. Then I really thought. It seems each year there is one family or individual that hits me straight up as to why I do this, and each time I think of this reading from Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado which reads: Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, tells of the time he was walking down the street and passed a beggar. Tolstoy reached into his pocket to give the beggar some money, but his pocket was empty. Tolstoy turned to the man and said, “I’m sorry, my brother, but I have nothing to give”. The beggar brightened and said, “you have given me more than I asked for- you have called me brother”. To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the loved-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.
I do this for the elderly gentleman who walks to the market and back. For someone who needs dog and cat food because these creatures are her family. For a warm blanket, a coffee maker because they love the taste of coffee. Snow tires for the young single mother who needs to get to work, regardless of the weather. It’s helping a family get a solid roof on their mobile home. New glasses for a young boy who doesn’t like to read because he can’t see well. A dental visit for a toothache. A massage for someone who hurts so bad, it’s hard to move. For the gentleman that needs a new clothes dryer because he can’t get to the laundramat. I do it for the family who just moved to town and know no one and need just a little hand. The gentleman who’s out of work right now and needs a lift. The family that’s been a family of 3 and now they are are an extended family of 7.These needs are just like yours and mine, only by the grace of God, are we more fortunate. It could all slip away from us or a loved one in the blink of an eye.
With the generosity of the whole community, and beyond, the schools, churches and individuals, HCP can give, food boxes, gift bags, fruit baskets to our citizens 80 and over and tons of free stuff. I have chaired HCP for 12 years or more, and each year I am more humble and emotional than the year before.
I have come to realize what a small bit of kindness, compassion, listening and prayerfulness can do.
As Lucia said, “ I feel like a miracle just happened here”. And she’s so right. On an ordinary day on an ordinary Thursday in December, a miracle did indeed happen here. Just try to remember that to the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the love starved, a word of affection can be a feast.
Thanks to each and everyone who helped in any way toward this wonderful project.
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