Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy, Uno, Uno

It’s hard to remember the last time I was so excited about something that I ran around a room, yelling with excitement – jumping up and down and screaming with joy. Oh wait – I don’t think I ever have! But, I experienced just this at our recent Christmas Party for the refugee students at St. Colman.

A craze right from the beginning of tutoring was the card game, Uno. The kids absolutely could not get enough of it! There was always a mad dash to grab the game upon arrival, and the lucky three or four who got there first, would not give it up until tutoring started.

About mid-November one student in particular asked how much it would cost to purchase a game for herself. When I told her, “About $5.00” — well, I might as well have said $500. No way was she going to be able to buy one for herself. Then – a wondrous thing happened.

In December Christmas bags were assembled by some wonderfully generous folks for each child in all of our tutoring programs. (which is a lot!) And – you guessed it: in this particular student’s bag was…… (drum roll) a game of Uno!!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but more than that, there is a very gracious, loving, caring God who knew a child’s deepest wish, and put it in the heart of some wonderful, wonderful folks to (unbeknownst to them) buy this very special treasure for a young girl who never could have gotten it for herself. (hmmm – sounds just like what Christmas is all about. A loving, gracious, caring God who gives each of us a gift that we could never have gotten for ourselves!) Well, when she was given her Christmas bag, she not only ran around the room, yelling with excitement and jumping up and down, she fell on the floor with exhaustion from receiving such a gift!! Now that is true Joy!!!

-Jeanne Evers

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