The Salvation Army Santa Fund

Major Donald Spencer's story

Dear Santa,

I am sure you remember the old Christmas Carol that says: “O come, little children, O come, one and all…” the song goes on to tell the story of the birth of Christ and His importance to all people and speaks of the special love of God that we celebrate this time of year.

I recently met a young man who reminded me of myself may years ago. This young man was dressed in a shirt and tie and had a curious look about him as he explored our Salvation Army chapel before the Sunday church service. This particular young man had enlisted the help of his peers in causing as much disruption as possible as the piano was playing.

I remember many times doing similarly disruptive things as a young boy and my mom and dad would step-in and remind me where I was and the behavior that was expected in such a lovely setting. It was then that I was reminded of the differences between the resources I had as a child and the realities of this particular boy’s life. Looking at him reminded me once again of the unique opportunities this time of year offers each of us.

So many children do not celebrate Christmas with the blessing if a prosperous home. Many times we at The Salvation Army are asked to intervene and provide Christmas gifts and food for families. And that is where all your many friends come along side us with donations of food, toys, money and time.

It’s a wonderful thing Santa that you have so many friends in and around Williamsport to help provide for those who would otherwise go without. We at the Williamsport Salvation Army are very pleased to help you fulfill Christmas dreams and wishes again this year.

Major Donald Spencer

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

You can help make this a brighter holiday season for 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.

The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.