Last year alone, the Care Train effort provided new toys, clothes and gifts to 450 children, more than $156,700 in food vouchers and served 292 families. We also gave to 378 seniors and 79 disabled adults.
If that isn’t heartwarming enough, here’s a few letters we’ve received that illustrate the gratitude in the families we lift up.
What Recipients Say. . .
This letter will never express how thankful I really am for kind and caring people like you. My heart has been warmed and I have tears in my eyes. It isn’t often that I ask for help, but this year my little family really needed it . . . I have been planning this whole year to make Christmas day a memorable day for my 7 year old daughter. My wages are being garnished for a medical bill and I thought all that I had planned for was ruined. You really made this holiday possible for my little girl and I thank you very much.
“There are no words to describe how receiving your Christmas donation made me feel. From the moment they rolled out the cart I was in complete awe. I asked the volunteer if he was sure that this was all ours. He answered “YES”! I have to say though, what was most impressive was the evident and obvious thought and care that your family put into our gifts. I held back tears as I looked things over. Each gift seemingly personally picked for each one of my children. It was as if you knew as well as I do. Your generosity has touched my heart and is proof that there is still a lot of good left in this world.”
“You made our Christmas very special. I was very concerned that the tree would be lacking gifts. You lifted a great deal of stress off my shoulders. When I am financially stable and able, I definitely plan on “paying it forward”. Wow, by the way, everything was more than I expected, all the clothes fit (my daughter) and she loves them and everything else. She had a huge, genuine smile with every gift she opened.”
“I wanted to write this letter to thank from the bottom of our hearts the person or family that was so thoughtful and generous to my family. You helped make my son’s Christmas magical. My husband and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done. When (my son) walked downstairs Christmas morning to find “Santa” had left a bike and many, many gifts he was all smiles and screaming with excitement. We are so thankful and blessed we can’t thank you enough from the bottom of our hearts. You guys are such wonderful people.”
“Thank you so much for helping my family this Christmas. Your kindness has made my family able to enjoy a nice Christmas. I have never had to ask for help before. It was very hard to do. So thank you again from my heart.”
“Your generous act of giving has completely turned our Christmas around. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”