Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year when everybody’s wishes and dreams come true, more especially for the kids when they get to meet Santa Claus and get their dream toys and gifts from him.
So when the kids come shopping with their parents at Lowe’s in Millville, they are encouraged to write letters to Santa asking him whatever they want him to do for them, while the adults are busy shopping. The employees have a field day reading the letters during their break time.
Most letters were-Dear Santa I want a barbie doll, or Santa get me a new train for Christmas, but this one letter touched their hearts. It was from a little girl who was asking Santa to help her friend. The letter went like this,
“Dear Santa, kids in my class say your not real, but I still believe. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m a baby. Also my friend lost her dad, and her family is living in he friend’s backyard. Please help! I hope it is ok to not ask for a present.”
The employees were taken aback by her thoughtfulness and caring attitude although she as a little girl. Kevin Betchner, Lowe’s Millville Department manager said, “Well that’s there’s a kid that’s really selfless and wants to do something for one of her friends and also that there’s a child out there in this situation in the holiday season.”
He wanted to meet the little girl behind the letter, and check how to help her friend, so he shared it on social media, which went viral in just one day and finally reached Riley Bylone’s family in Buena Vista.
Riley’s parents, Tony and Jenna Bylone checked with their daughter’s school and found out that her friend’s situation wasn’t as it was described by their 9-year-old daughter, but a social worker is following up on it. But that hasn’t made Riley’s mom and dad one bit less proud of her, as she put helping her friend at Christmas above everything.
Her father Tony says, “It was a proud moment as a father just to see her heart and to bless somebody other than herself.” While her mother Jenna adds, “We’re trying to create a servant’s heart in her just to love like Jesus does.”
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Probably this verse will sum it up for us, Philippians 2, 3-5 says–Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.