By: M.C. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief.
Haines City - “Putting a smile on a child's face can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but at least their world.” ~ Richard M Knittle Jr. ~
What a beautiful quote, right? Well, that's exactly what the ladies from the American Legion Auxiliary Post 34 in Haines City did last month... they all came together to put a smile on children's faces.
On December 15, Christmas came early for some families from the Sandhill Elementary School in Haines City when the ladies from the American Legion sponsored their annual Christmas Party and invited these families to celebrate with them.
During the celebration, the many children who attended the event not only got the chance to play games... they also had the opportunity to meet the one and only, Santa Claus, who came to the party with a lot of gifts for the children. Each child received three gifts from Santa during the celebration, plus each family got to take home a bag full of toys so that their children could wake up to more gifts on Christmas day.
Here in the Northeast Polk Gazette, we want to recognize the outstanding job that the ladies from the American Legion Auxiliary did to make sure none of these kids would wake up without a gift on December 25th. The truth is that it is people like them who make this world a better place.
A wise man once said... “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli ~ And that's exactly what the ladies did, and we couldn't be more proud and happy to have been a witness of their love for these children and their families.