The school called last week and told me that they had presents for Kayla and Alex. This is OUR school, which the grands don't even attend anymore because they're at the dayton shelter now. But even knowing that, they knew that we the grandparents were here and that they'd likely been spending the holiday with us, so they bought them gifts anyway, then contacted me. That just blew me away. But that wasn't all. The principal from down here contacted Katie at the shelter up there (he'd contacted Nichole for the number as she was also an emergency contact listed on the kids school records) He told her they had bikes for the kids for xmas if she had someone (meaning us) who could come pick them up today. This was arranged via me and Nichole...........Nichole knows the man who organized the bike giveaway and talked to him about putting kayla and alex on the list and explained the situation. When she talked to him he wasn't sure he could give them the bikes as they already have so many children in town who won't be having a xmas and technically they aren't living here anymore, but he would do his best. We'd asked knowing it never hurts to ask, but honestly we expected and told them to put the kids here in town first as the grands won't actually be able to play with them until they get a place to live and lord only knows how long that will take. Well he came through in a big way. And now santa is bringing Kayla bike and Alex a scooter, not new but other than a box you'd never know it. I was so worried about providing them a halfway decent xmas with husband not working either............. And be darned it's turned out it will be the biggest xmas of their lives! It was so cute when we went to pick them up this morning. A little boy maybe about Alex's age wanted to help us take them to the car. We didn't need help but we let him because he was so eager. As we're loading them into the SUV the boy is telling me ideas on how to hide them and how surprised the kids will be to see on xmas morning that santa did not forget them this year. It was so darn sweet and cute. And his little face just SHINED! And yeah I'm a sentimental slob and I have tears running down my face making it hard to see to type this. But THIS is why I love xmas so much. Nothing else can bring out the very best in people the way that this holiday can. Because husband saw the way this little boy's face shined, when we came home he told me that next year he wants us to do these groups that help give xmas to these children who won't have one. Yup. Christmas will forever be my favorite holiday.