Berthoud’s Christmas Blessings
I never thought I would have the occasion to need to thank so many people, most of whom I have never met and maybe never will. So many that I would have to ask a newspaper to publish my “thank you card.” But here we are, in just that position, with people too many to count, and most we’ve never known, who deserve much more than a letter in the newspaper. Did you donate a can of food to Christmas in Berthoud this year? Did you donate your time or your hard-earned money? Did you support the toy drive? Did you sign a Christmas card for a family you’ve never met? Were you willing to trade a beautiful Christmas tree for just a few loaves of homemade bread? If you are one of the many who were involved in some way this year, thank you.
We want you to understand who you helped; a devoted father and husband who works full-time and then seven days a week, when he can find the weekend work, just to scrape by and choose one more bill he can pay that month; a devoted mother and wife, desperate not to have to tell her three boys that we don’t have milk this week, watching the calendar as the shut-off dates for three different utilities draw closer and closer; and three little boys who simply hoped that Santa wouldn’t forget them because they didn’t have a Christmas tree. Our faith in God has pulled us through many difficult times, and this year our faith in humanity was renewed as well. To some we may seem “needy,” but right now we feel like we’re very, very fortunate to have experienced true love and caring from an entire community and beyond. Thank you Berthoud, for the very best Christmas our family has ever had, for showing our family what it really means to give, to receive, and to be grateful for the many blessings we have. This time next year we expect to be in a much better position and we can’t wait to be on the giving end of the Christmas spirit and Christmas in Berthoud!
Joe, Jen, Chance, Ty, and Wyatt La Follette