Open Letter to The Burlington, NC Times-News
A SHELTER CHRISTMAS STORY
December 27, 2012
The Christmas Spirit was alive and well on New Year’s Eve as an amazing choral group of local people showed up and sang for the Homeless people living at the Alamance County Shelter. The carolers were very professional and well organized and brought optimism with them.
At the time, I, one of the residents there was in bed sad on Christmas Eve and a Staff Member named “Tim” came in and got myself and the other sad people out of bed and told them that there was something happy happening in the cafeteria, but did not tell us what was going to happen.
In addition to being able to listen to the choral group sing traditional Christmas Carols and sing along with them, the choral group was involved with donating fresh fruit and other healthy things to the homeless people who stayed there. McDonald’s Restaurants and Harris Teeter stores also helped the homeless on Christmas Eve, by donating many fresh salads and sandwiches for us to eat that night, since the shelter’s kitchen was supposed to be shut down all of the holiday season from December 24 through December 26 and then again on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The Christmas Eve show did not last very long but I think it was the “principle of the thing” because if not for this wonderful choral group showing up, nothing great would have happened in Christmas Eve at all. In addition to this occurring on Christmas Eve a couple of drunks were thrown out of the shelter for a year, because of drinking and unruly behavior, which was not a happy situation.
It was nice to not be overlooked and forgotten on Christmas Eve. As shelter residents we need a safe place to be for a number of reasons, but cannot go to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass service because of a curfew in place, so the traditional spirituality of Christmas is lost.
Thanks again for thinking of us! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!