The Salvation Army Santa Fund: A doll’s story

Dear Santa,

How happy I am that I brought such joy to a little girl! She tore off my ribbon and ripped back the paper on my box and when she saw my face she exclaimed, “Oh, Mom, just what I always wanted!”

Let me start at the beginning, Santa. My name is Joy and I am a doll. I usually spend most of my days sitting on the store shelf hoping that someone will take me home to play with a child and her toys.

This year, as I knew Christmas was coming (there is always a lot of excitement on the toy shelves), I was waiting and waiting for someone to notice and choose me.

To my surprise, I overheard an older couple talking in my store aisle. They were holding a long, thin piece of paper they called an “angel tag” that had a little red shield on it. They were talking about what a 6-year-old little girl might wish for this Christmas.

Well, Santa, the older man said to his wife, “Does the tag list a doll? This doll is cute and I think most 6-year-old little girls should get a doll for Christmas at least once.” His wife said that she had happy Christmas memories receiving a similar doll when she was young and also giving their daughter a baby doll one Christmas morning.

So Santa, they picked me!

I was so excited to know I was going to be a present (secretly, I was a little scared that my new friend might not like me). After the couple paid for me and took me home for a night or two, they gathered more toys to go along with me.

Then one day, they drove us all to a big brick building that had that same red shield on it. This time, I could read the red shield because it was huge and it said, “The Salvation Army.”

The couple gave the bag of toys that I was in to a lady who looked me over (I guess to make sure I wasn’t broken) and she placed me in an even larger bag of toys. I found out from the other toys that we would soon be headed to a new home.

After a few more days, I felt the bag I was in get lifted and placed in someone’s car. I heard someone say “thank you” and something about The Salvation Army making their Christmas better for their child. Then I heard the car drive off.

After that Santa, everything happened so quickly – I was taken home, wrapped, received a bow and was placed under a humble Christmas tree. The next morning was the best day of my life! I met my new little girl. And do you know what, Santa? She did love me and she said she was going to call me “Joy” because she was so happy.

Santa, will you please leave an extra present under the “angel tag” couple’s tree? Because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have found my new home.

Thank you,

Joy the doll

Please help by giving to the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army Santa Fund.

You can help local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.