Remember the movie “The Littlest Angel,” from the 1960s?
The entire heavenly host was gathering gifts to present to the baby Jesus, who was about to be born. Some angels, who seemed to have more than others, presented marvelous, majestic gifts, and God accepted them with heartfelt appreciation.
But, at the other end of heaven’s spectrum, the littlest angel of all had nothing to give. All he owned was a box full of “treasures” he’d collected while on Earth: a pretty rock, a bird’s feather …
Surely, the little angel thought, these things would not be worthy to give to the child who was to change the world forever. He was sure he had nothing to share. But he learned that to give of what you have is the true meaning and beauty of sharing.
Well, in Monday’s mail to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund were examples of the gifts depicted in “The Littlest Angel.” There was even a gift given in memory of a mother’s very own little angel.
As in the classic film, both the large and small gifts are received with immense gratitude - and both will make a difference for children and their families this Christmas.
An anonymous Spokane couple gave $1,500 with the message: “We feel blessed, especially at this time of year, to be able to help others through The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund.”
Another couple, Fred and Trish Glienna of Coeur d’Alene, sent $25, along with a note that makes one stop to consider their sacrifice:
“My husband and I wish that we could send more, but we are both looking for work and money is a bit tight. We are constantly reminded, however, of just how lucky we are. And we hope that this small contribution will help to make someone’s Christmas merrier.”
These two families gave of what they had - and both gifts come from the heart, given in love for others.
Their donations brought Monday’s total to $6,387.35 for a year-to-date sum of $48,184.88.
A goal of $380,000 has been set to make sure no one goes without a little something this year. There is still $340,000 to receive - and less than three weeks in which to receive it.
Can you help?
No child should be without a gift to open Christmas morning - even if it were nothing more than a pretty rock or a bird’s feather. Your gift to the Christmas Fund, however, will see to it that the children’s gifts will be quality toys selected by their parents. Your gift will also give low-income families a food voucher to help with holiday groceries.
A child’s present and a treat for dinner - pretty basic Christmas wishes. But those two items will make all the difference in the world for thousands and thousands of our neighbors who struggle in these days of high costs and low income.
And nothing of your gift will go toward anything else. Every cent will be used to buy the gifts and vouchers. Nothing is held out for overhead expenses. Every dollar collected by the newspaper is given to the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and the Volunteers of America, the three non-profit agencies which operate the Christmas Bureau.
Another gift arrived Monday from those who have “been there, done that.” Members of the Northwest Mining Association dug deep for donations that were matched by the association.
Their combined $600 contribution is especially meaningful, as Tim S. Olson, executive director, pointed out in his letter:
“The mining community is no stranger to hard times. Spokane has long supported our people and now we are in a position to help. We trust this will help many families in our area through their current time of need.”
An anonymous $600 gift was also received from a Spokane couple.
Dr. Mitchell J. Orsi and his employees at Manito Family Dentistry, 3615 S. Grand, send happy holiday wishes to their patients and friends through the Christmas Fund. Instead of mailing Christmas cards, he donated $500 to the fund.
“Hopefully, this will help make a better holiday season for someone in need,” Orsi wrote.
Other gifts received Monday were:
Michael Carlander, Chattaroy, $450.88; Marion DeGroat, 13404 E. Broadway, $300; Joan and Larry Peden, 6410 N. Parkview Lane, $300; Bernard Habbestad, 803 E. 26th, $250; Mike and Kathy Eaton, 2520 S. Magnolia, $200.
The Boeing Spokane Production Services Group sent $126.47 “to help those that find themselves in need. We believe this is a great cause and are trusting this will help in some small way.”
Donating $100 were Betty Bone Botique, Lincoln Heights Plaza, and Helen Stanek, 1137 E. Rockwood Blvd., with hopes “it will make a better holiday season for someone that needs it.”
Bob Sleeth and family sent $100 “in memory of our Uncle Don and Aunt Ruth Sleeth, who both passed away this month. Their love and caring for their fellow human beings will, hopefully, live on through those of us they left behind. They were loved and will be missed.”
Dale and Barbara LaBrosse, 5310 N. Sullivan, sent $100: “Please include our wonderful sons in this contribution, Tony George and Lance and Monte LaBrosse.” Charlotte A. Jones, 326 W. Glass; and Gary and Bonnie Bell, 15805 N. Castlebrooke Lane.
Brian and Roberta Bayne, sent $100 with this note: “All through the years, we were fortunate to always have the necessary blessings for our family. We are happy to be able to help others at this time.”
Maj. and Mrs. E.C. Looker Jr., 102 N. Clinton Road, $75; Those giving $50 were: Frank Vecchio, 2929 S. Waterford Drive; members of Spokane’s Mariposa Club; Tim and Marcia Dorwin, 10903 E. Maxwell; and three anonymous donors.
Denny Kimball, 8805 N. Colton, sent $35 as a “thank you” for past help: “I once was in need and you were able to give; now in your need, the Lord has allowed me to give.” Gertrude Rhoades, 5917 N. Addison, also gave $35.
Gifts of $25 came from Jessie Quincy, Spokane; Ernest and Rita Pickel, 5710 S. Napa; Alva McCoy, 5128 N. Cannon; Ben and Cheryl Scheideman, 2628 W. Woodside; Dianne and Bill Kersey, 6015 N. Moore; Don Goettel, 5303 S. St. Andrews Lane; Lloyd and Georgiana Blackenstoe, Post Falls; and three anonymous donors.
Those sending $20 were A.J. Roman, 4224 W. Sanson; Lloyd Newman, 9816 E. Broadway; Rose E. Hossner in memory of Robert Hossner; Eric McIntosh and Karol Maybury, 512 E. 17th; and one anonymous person.
Gifts of $10 came from John Jordon; Tamara J. Evers, Spokane; Dan and Hazel Trent, Colbert; and Cindy Greever, Colbert, who has a special, heart-breaking but angelic reason for sharing:
“Our youngest child, Michelle Marie Greever, went to heaven on Nov. 5, 1993, when struck by a car attempting to reach her school bus stop. I know she wants some less fortunate child to have a special Christmas.”
Michelle’s mother donated the gift in memory of her very own little angel, who was 9 when she died.
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