Every Christmas, members of our Family International community visit a nearby retirement home to interact with the elderly residents, and bring some warmth and cheer into their lives. This year, after the dances and singing, we crafted and distributed sculpted balloons to the delight of many of the residents.
One of them was particularly interested in our work and projects. He’d been a fireman and had only recently moved to the retirement home after his wife had passed away.
“I am so happy to see you children,” he said with tears in his eyes, “because I haven’t seen my own grandchildren in a long time. You remind me of them.” He reached out and gave each of the children a big, warm hug. “Thank you for coming today. You have made my Christmas very happy. I’m old now, and probably won’t live much longer, but I am glad to have spent one of my last Christmases with you.”
He continued. “Please don’t stop sharing what you have with other people. People need love and warmth at Christmas, and you are providing that. I admire you so much.”
Originally Published in 2007.