We were late getting home from our traditional family Christmas Eve celebration this year. Nevertheless, we made the quick stop to grab the mail before rushing up the driveway to let out our almost bursting pups, Lola and Alvin.
Once the pups were settled and calm I culled through the mail. “Hmmm . . . what’s this?” I thought as I eyed a plump envelope addressed to “Mrs. Strelecki” handwritten in blue ink. I immediately opened it – this is what was inside:
It was from Jake, a young man in our neighborhood. He’s a thoughtful and polite kid, excellent student, very good athlete, harnesslife.org volunteer – and just happens to be the best friend and pet sitter of our 21 year old cat, Tippi. He’s also the guy who sets up a food collection box at his parent’s neighborhood holiday party every year to help the local food pantry.
In case you can’t read the letter in the photo above, Jake explains what he decided to do this holiday season instead of giving gifts to each of his ten teachers at the middle school. He gave each of them a “Happy Holidays!” card that was designed, written and printed by him. This is what was inside:
With much thought and consideration, I have chosen a special way to say Thank you & Happy Holidays!
I have made a donation in your honor to HarnessLife.org. Their mission is to educate people on overpopulation and the benefits of spay and neutering.
I chose this charity because their goal is to educate (like you) and I volunteer with them.
Happy Holidays and see you next year!
Well, Jake, this is unquestionably the most thoughtful donation we have ever received! Your efforts will prevent the birth of dozens (maybe more) of kittens or dogs. As you know, those animals would be taking up space in our shelters – space that is needed for owner surrenders and strays. Your donation positively impacts the lives of each of those animals that can now be saved. Thank you!
Thank you for making our job a little bit easier, for sharing information about our organization with your teachers and most of all, for reminding me that there is, indeed, a Santa Claus.