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|by Maria Reed-Shore|
He noticed a change in her … she was quiet and wasn’t the bubbly girl child as usual.
“What’s the matter Lila? Something happened to make you sad? Tom, her only kin was concerned. He was a lot older than her, but he was wise beyond most children his age.
She looked at him in wonderment and then she asked another question that had him stumped.
“Then what happened to him last year, and the year after that? He seems to have forgotten us, Tommy. We won’t enjoy Christmas like most ordinary kids, we live in an orphanage and they don’t believe in giving us anything.”
It just happened that day that the usual Santa was sick and had to go home. The manager, Jim McCabe of the toy department had to don the Santa suit and play the part.
“Well, hello little one, what is your name and how are you doing today?
Jim’s heart melted at the thought of one so young, thinking about others. She only wanted a doll. The rest would go to the other children.
“I tell you what, Lila, I promise to come to the Orphanage to see you and the other children. I’ll have to see how many children there are and then, you’ll get your wish.”
That night Jim discussed with his wife Julia about the children. Since they were both childless, they wished to adopt. They both agreed that the children would work for them.
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