The Christmas season is a time of year when many people think about getting together with family and friends, sharing memories and experiences of the past year, and looking forward to a new year. For others, it’s a time of trying to stay warm, seek shelter, and survive for yet another season.
A senior living in Danbury who had been formerly homeless reached out to a local shelter to seek assistance. For the past 6 months the man known as William had been sleeping on a couch after the old bed he had collapsed and broke. The owner of the shelter then reached out to the community at large seeking assistance in the form of a new mattress. What he received was even more than he could have hoped for.
Several members of the community had donated enough money to purchase new linens for a bed, but one person donated a brand new mattress. The woman who donated the mattress wished to remain anonymous, but told Peter Brady the story.
As written in the Brookfield Patch article, Community Comes Together to Give Senior Merry Christmas: A Brookfield charity organized the donation of a new bed to a formerly homeless Danbury man on oxygen, by Wendy Ann Mitchell:
“A Brookfield woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told Brady that she lost her mother last year around the holidays and had a brand new bed that she wished to donate. After seeing the article on Brookfield Patch, she knew she wanted to help, especially this time of year.”
Mr. Brady noted that he ended up replaying to more than 130 emails in one day after requesting this type of support and assistance for William. When William received the new gift, he told Mr. Brady that he was overwhelmed by such a gift.
In a world where people seem to get caught up in the materialistic aspect of the holiday season, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the struggles that others are going through, including men and women just like William. Sometimes a gift, even one that may have been previously intended for someone else, including family, can do wonders to brighten spirits and comfort for those who don’t have as much in their life.
It’s the generosity of the community at large that can easily tell seniors like William that they’re not alone, they’re not forgotten, and that sometimes all it takes to reaching out and asking for help to get the support needed.
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