By JUDY BLUHM
So, the Times Square Ball dropped and ushered in another New Year. For many this brings a challenging year happily to an end and stirs up hope for a promising 2019.
The spirit of the Season is demonstrated through our charitable giving and examples of small miracles that occur. This is what carries us through upheaval into the New Year.
A man named Randy Heiss in southern Arizona was hiking in Patagonia when he stumbled across a deflated helium balloon with a note attached to it that was written in Spanish. When he got the note translated, he discovered it was a Christmas list written by a child named Dayami, who wanted a baby doll, doll house and art supplies.
The man contacted a radio station in Nogales to help find the girl, and after broadcasting the list and story, the eight-year-old girl’s mother came forward. Mr. Heiss ended up buying Dayami her gifts, as well as presents for her entire family. He delivered them on Christmas Day to her in Nogales.
Generosity knows no borders.
There is an elderly woman who fell on hard times and went to a jewelry store to sell her wedding ring. Her husband was in a nursing home and she needed the money to make ends meet.
The jeweler offered her $300 for her well-worn, fifty-year- old gold band. She agreed. Then a man stepped up and gave the lady $400 and told her to keep her ring, which she tearfully accepted.
Ring in the New Year with selfless acts of kindness.
A security guard named Anthony Bragg works at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is on a mission to give love and encouragement. He stands outside the main front doors and freely gives hugs, handshakes, fist bumps and smiles to all who enter.
Some kids with frequent treatment appointments run to hug Mr. Bragg.
Hugs make a difference.
A teacher in Washington state was given a heartfelt gift from a first-grade student who thought she “had nothing to give.” The little girl separated out all the colorful tiny marshmallows from her school breakfast box of Lucky Charms cereal and then placed the marshmallows in the plastic that was wrapped around the utensils.
The teacher said this gift touched her the most, since it came from the “purest part of a child’s heart.”
I am reminded of my horse, Angel, who passed a few years ago. She was blind at the end of her life, and her stall-mate, Pegasus, led her around the barn and pasture. With Pegasus by her side, she was able to walk, trot and run right up to her last day on earth.
Love is never blind . . . it is our guiding light.
So for 2019, send up your balloon, because dreams do come true. Celebrate random acts of kindness. Be generous with hugs and smiles. Don’t fear darkness – love will be the light. And if you think you have nothing to give, don’t forget those marshmallows.
Welcome to 2019!
Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.