Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to The Solar newspaper in New York Metropolis that led to a well-known editorial from editor Francis Pharcellus Church.
A bit of woman as soon as wrote to a newspaper editor to ask him a easy query.
Her letter was despatched to The Solar in New York Metropolis – a outstanding publication in its day that carried a lot of weight with readers. In her missive, the Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon requested a easy however direct query – does Santa Claus actually exist?
Most if not all of you in all probability know this heartwarming story and are nicely conscious of how editor Francis Pharcellus Church responded to younger O’Hanlon’s letter. His editorial is one of the crucial well-known ever written and is probably the most reprinted within the English language.
Sumter County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Sirolli, with Wildwood Elementary Faculty scholar Ralph Mueller and his mom, CarrieBecause of members of Rotary Membership of The Villages – Night, Santa Claus paid a particular go to to kindergarteners at Harbour View Elementary Faculty in Summerfield lately.
It’s been 121 years since Church took pen to paper to reply O’Hanlon’s query. However to today, we nonetheless get goosebumps once we learn it, particularly these phrases: “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy… Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.”
We all know that Church was speaking concerning the true which means of Santa Claus. And have been he alive right now, we now have little question he write a comparable piece about that very same fantastic spirit that’s alive and properly in The Villages and the encompassing communities.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, left, joins with a few of his deputies collaborating in a current Store With a Cop occasion at Goal in Ocala.Leesburg Police Faculty Useful resource Officer Travonte Kitchen (Beverly Shores Elementary Faculty) and senior Future RobertsMustang Membership members Penny and Carl Hoagland stand in entrance of their 2008 Mustang. So as to add to the Christmas spirit, Carl has dressed as Santa for the previous three years.
Yes, pricey readers, Santa Claus is, certainly, alive and properly here. He’s there when somebody is down on their luck. He’s there to select up a sick neighbor or supply consolation and assist when somebody loses a liked one. And he by no means hesitates to return out in full drive to ensure that youngsters throughout the native space have a fantastic Christmas – no matter what it prices or how a lot work it takes.
We expect that’s fairly particular. And in case you aren’t conscious of the various nice methods Santa has helped out this yr, we’ll supply simply a few examples:
- Basic automotive buffs kicked all of it off with the annual Christmas in July Cruise In at Spanish Springs City Sq.. They obtained into the vacation spirit by donating cash and bringing toys for youngsters that may be distributed by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace.
- The Woman Scout Alumnae Silver Trefoil Group of The Villages kicked off its 10th annual Pajama and Ebook Drive this previous October. By way of donation packing containers positioned in any respect Villages recreation facilities, the group collected pajamas and books to distribute to the greater than 6,000 homeless youngsters in Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.
- Sheriff’s deputies and cops from throughout the tri-county space participated in Store With a Cop and Youngsters, Cops & Christmas, which meant that households needing help buying presents have been assured that their youngsters would have a fantastic vacation season.
- Deputies and cops took half in Christmas parades all through the area, stopping to spend time with youngsters who attended the occasions. And the Leesburg Police Division placed on a extremely profitable bike and present giveaway that benefited near 100 beaming youngsters.
- Villagers belonging to the Mustang Membership, the Classic Automotive Membership and the Yesteryear Kart Membership donated toys and cash to profit the Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace’s Child’s, Cops & Christmas program.
- Members of the Sumter Touchdown Bicycle Membership, the Florida PANTHERS Tandem Membership and The Village Bicycle Membership joined with the Wildwood Police Division and Wildwood Elementary Faculty to arrange a giveaway of about 30 youngsters’s bikes.
- Residents of the Village of Sunbury at Glenbrook introduced a verify to Sumter County Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Siemer for $13,500 to help Youngsters, Cops and Christmas.
- Space residents donated Christmas decorations – every thing from timber to nativity scenes to ornaments – to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace to assist brighten the vacations for households in want.
- Residents turned out to help the Sumter County sheriff’s Youngsters, Cops & Christmas program via Villagers San and Nadine Landis’ annual “Dance the Night Away” program at Lake Miona Recreation Middle. The occasion noticed Lt. Robert Siemer and Detective Shannon Hart maintain a pleasant competitors for dance companions that raised a whopping $800 in donations.
- Members of Rotary Membership of The Villages – Night made positive that Santa Claus visited 110 kindergarteners at Harbour View Elementary Faculty in Summerfield. Rotarians offered photographs for folks from the monumental occasion. And the membership even took care of the primary course and desserts for the employees social gathering on the faculty.
- Members of the Col. Phillip C. DeLong Detachment of the Marine Corps League tackled Toys for Tots with gusto and made a distinction for a lot of youngsters this vacation season.
Dave Lawrence, of the Sumter Touchdown Bicycle Membership, holds one of many youngsters who attended a current bicycle giveaway occasion in Wildwood.Villager Judy Ney dancing with Sumter County Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Siemer at a charity occasion.
We’d additionally like to supply a large phrase of because of Villagers for stepping as much as assist a couple of youngsters who’re dealing with some robust well being points. These two younger individuals are close to and pricey to us, so it is with a heat coronary heart that we share the newest on them.
In November we informed you about a Belleview teenager, Cole Tumey, who is in determined want of a kidney. After the story was revealed, Cole’s mother, Leona Yawn, acquired some curiosity from space residents looking for to seek out out if they might be a match.
Staff Cole includes household and a vast community of associates who’re doing the whole lot they will to assist discover a kidney donor for 17-year-old Cole Tumey, who lives in Belleview and is a senior at Village View Christian Academy.
Our fingers are crossed and we pray every single day that the always-smiling honor scholar who attends Village View Christian Academy will get the kidney he wants very quickly and be capable of transfer ahead together with his life in good well being.
To study extra concerning the effort to assist Cole, click on HERE. To donate to his GoFundMe account, click on HERE.
Wildwood Elementary Faculty scholar Abby Lacayo exhibits a pattern of a number of the playing cards, letters and well-wishes she’s acquired from space residents and classmates.
There’s additionally Wildwood Elementary Faculty scholar Abigail “Abby” Lacayo. If you wish to consider in Christmas miracles, learn our previous tales about this superb 9-year-old honor scholar who has confronted extra adversity with a smile on her lovely face than most of us can comprehend.
Abby suffered from Hereditary Continual Pancreatitis and Gastro Paresis and had been in ache for a very long time when she underwent a difficult surgical procedure lately on the College of Minnesota’s Masonic Youngsters’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
Abby Lacayo has captured the hearts of Villagers and different tri-county residents alike as they’ve adopted her story this previous yr. Just lately, surgeons on the College of Minnesota’s Masonic Youngsters’s Hospital in Minneapolis eliminated her pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, whereas additionally transplanting islet cells into her liver.Abby Lacayo exhibits off her new iPad alongside Mary Anne and Jim Wilson of the Amigos Sports activities Membership. The group got here collectively and raised $1,600 to buy the iPad and a number of different gadgets for Abby and her household.
On Dec. 12, a workforce of extremely specialised surgeons eliminated Abby’s pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, whereas additionally transplanting islet cells into her liver. She faces a lengthy street to finish restoration. But when issues go right over the weekend, she’ll spend Christmas Day with Mother Gina and Dad Denis in a Ronald McDonald Home the place the household acquired free lodging for the six to 12 weeks Abby might want to get well.
We’re fairly pleased to inform you that space residents definitely haven’t forgotten Abby. In reality, she’s acquired so many Christmas playing cards, letters and packages that the hospital employees refers to her as “the little celebrity.”
Earlier than Abby left for Minnesota, she acquired some much-needed help from the very beneficiant members of the Amigo Sports activities Membership. Because of the $1,600 the membership raised by way of its Undertake-A-Household program, the teenager headed north with a number of new gadgets, together with an iPad, two years of AppleCare guarantee; a case and display protector; ear buds; a energy adapter, station and twine; a $200 iTunes present certificates to buy books; a $200 gasoline present certificates for the four-day automotive journey; a $200 Amazon present certificates for miscellaneous bills; and $100 in McDonald’s present certificates for meals alongside the best way.
Villager Faye Scher poses with Abby Lacayo just lately. Scher is a volunteer at Abby’s faculty, Wildwood Elementary, and a member of the charity-oriented Gilchrist West Social Membership. Scher additionally began a GoFundMe account to assist offset bills for Abby’s household.
As lots of you understand, there’s one one that has been in Abby’s courtroom for a fairly a very long time. And belief us once we inform you that she has carried out greater than any of us know to assist the superb younger woman who hopes to turn into a physician sometime.
Villager Faye Scher, a volunteer at Abby’s faculty, has achieved every part from creating a GoFundMe account (click on HERE to donate) to offering winter coats for the frigid Minnesota climate to delivering present baskets to spending high quality time with Abby and Gina whereas displaying them what the love of a true good friend is all about. And she or he’s encouraging everybody to ship playing cards to Abby Lacayo c/o Ronald McDonald Home, 621 Oak Road SE, Room No. 311, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
In our e-book, Faye (email@example.com) is a fairly particular individual. And once we take into consideration the true which means of Christmas and Santa Claus, the smiling face of the beneficiant Village of Gilchrist resident shortly involves thoughts.
Abby Lacayo and her mom, Gina, have been busy cooking a massive meal for his or her whole household on Thanksgiving.At left: 9-year-old Abigail ‘Abby’ Lacayo revealed her plans to turn out to be a physician just lately throughout profession day at Wildwood Elementary Faculty. Middle, prime and backside: Abby is no stranger to physician visits. Middle: Abby reads to her canine, Zoey. Right: Abby dressed up because the ‘Pancreatitis Superhero” for Halloween.
As you take pleasure in opening packages and spending time with household and associates on Christmas morning, please take a second and keep in mind everybody we talked about above. Please supply a huge “thank you” to anybody else you recognize who has helped others this vacation season. And please know that although we couldn’t point out everyone within the native space who has helped anyone this vacation season, their efforts really are appreciated as nicely.
In order all of us await a go to from Jolly Previous Saint Nicholas, we at Villages-Information.com want to want every of you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Yr!
From left: Sumter County Sheriff’s Investigators Crystal Stuller and Michelle Balmer.Smiling faces have been plentiful Thursday night time because the Leesburg Police Division held its annual present and bike giveaway occasion.Melissa Swope, right, is all smiles after her 11-year-old son, Matthew, purchased her earrings Saturday through the Sumter County sheriff’s annual Youngsters, Cops and Christmas buying occasion at Wal-Mart on County Street 466 in The Villages. Matthew and his Eight-year-old brother, Mason, shopped with Dep. Holly Eckstein.