Yesterday I received the most heart-warming text message that reminded me the true meaning of Christmas, and I just had to share:
 
Mariana Vasquez, and her five children, were one of the families we chose to adopt for Community Christmas this year.  I had to call her several weeks ago to get some ideas for gifts for her thirteen-year-old daughter, Anahi.  Mrs. Vasquez apparently saved my phone number, because I received the following text message from her yesterday.
 
“Hi, Lorie, I’m Mariana, the mom of the 5 children you adopted for the Community Christmas.  I just want to thank you so very much for all the gifts.  I picked them up today and I was full of emotion when I saw all the gifts…my Children are going to love it!  Bless you and again thank-you!”
 
I let her know that the gifts were from Rotary and not me.  I also reminded her to look in the bags for her gift card for Kroger’s.  With that, she continued…
 
“Here’s a picture of my kids.  Merry Christmas to you, too, Lorie, and thank you!!!!  I’m still crying from joy, of course it’s such a blessing and please let them all know how thankful and happy I am and you’re more than welcome to share the picture.  My kids are my everything and this really means a lot.   I will look for the card.  Thanks!!!!”
 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, fellow Rotarians.