The power of the written word — and the Gazette Santa — took right over. The article was so legitimate and convincing, it practically wrote itself. Within days, the response was overwhelming. Not only was she entitled to all the benefits that originated from this relief effort, but the extras she had mentioned suddenly appeared.
The community rallied around this family. A bank decided to act as the woman’s sponsor after reading the article about her plight. Employees showed up at her home with a Christmas tree and decorations.
They brought forth a turkey with all the fixins’, presents you wouldn’t imagine for the kids, and gift certificates to a local store for clothing. It was as if a Christmas miracle had found its destination.
I remember my last story, too.
A woman walked into the Gazette with an envelope in her hand, filled with money. She got her life back together and wanted to repay Gazette Santa for the help she once received.
Thank you, Gazette Santa!
Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.