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December 25, 2012

Grandson displays true meaning of Christmas

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Every year at Christmas, children of the New Castle school district are invited to participate in Santa’s Lane.

Santa’s Lane allows young children the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts for their family and friends.

This experience fosters excitement in the children as well as a sense of pride and independence.

My grandson, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, and his class were attending Santa’s Lane this year when the teacher called for everyone to line up. My grandson took notice of the only classmate who wasn’t in line.

This tugged at my grandson’s heart and although he had only $20, he selflessly gave his classmate $5, enabling the classmate to participate also.

That evening, as my grandson excitedly showed his mother the gifts he’d gotten for everyone (being careful not to let his mother see her gift), he shared his story of generosity.

When his mother asked him what compelled him to give even though he had little himself, my grandson’s response was so graciously sincere that it brought tears to our eyes.

This amazing 10-year-old replied, “But he didn’t have anything mommy.”

His mother embraced this teachable moment by telling her son how proud of him she was and reinforced that her little giver made a great decision in giving to his classmate.

The mother then talked with her son, reinforcing that it’s better to give than to receive and that the young giver had the true spirit of Christmas.

This is such a compellingly heartfelt moment that I wanted to share it with everyone,

We are so proud of this remarkable act of selflessness by our little giver.

Merry Christmas.

Barbara Kraner

Brooklyn Avenue

New Castle

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