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Even though it's now a couple of days past Christmas, I felt compelled to write about a couple of special events that deeply touched my heart during that time.

I had the pleasure of covering both of those events as a reporter. I was able to see a very compassionate side of people … one that renewed my faith in mankind.

One of the events involved 35 teachers from Thomson Elementary School helping to brighten the lives of children less fortunate in our community. And brighten their lives - they did!

They came together as one. And they did it simply out of love for others. When I found out about it, I knew it would make a wonderful Christmas story to share.

Those teachers took money out of their pockets to buy specific gifts for children of eight different families. Their efforts made a huge difference in the lives of those particular children, as well as the adults who are attempting to raise them.

It was a very heartwarming story to cover.

Thomson Elementary School second grade teacher Megan Cobb came up with the idea to do such a project, because she realized the need in our community. (In the interest of full-disclosure, I should say that Megan is the sister of Mirror Publisher Jason Smith.) Without her vision, such a project would never have been possible. I, for one, say a big thank you to her for not only seeing the need, but doing something about it!

Next year, she hopes the project can grow bigger with every school in the McDuffie County School System participating.

Wouldn't that be great?

The gifts from the teachers were presented to representatives of Partners for Success in Thomson to take to the eight families.

When the gifts were distributed, I visited with one of the family members receiving them for her granddaughters. I was blown away by her heartfelt appreciation to the people responsible for making Christmas wishes come true.

She indicated that her granddaughters would be so thankful. I'm sure they were. For I got the sense from being with the woman - a newcomer to Thomson - that she knows exactly how to raise those children. I pray that she will get through the hardships she now faces - one of the biggest being no transportation.

The woman said some friends have told her they would sell her a van for $800. She seemed happy. I just hope she makes the right decision, if she goes forward in buying the van.

I sincerely hope they had a great Christmas!

Another Christmas story that I covered was the Mayor's Motorcade at East Central Georgia Hospital in Augusta. In Thomson, firefighters with the Thomson Fire Department raised nearly $2,400 to help buy gifts for consumers.

It was a very touching story, too.

I enjoyed seeing an old friend of mine - Brian Mulherin - who has been a Santa Claus helper for many, many years.

Web posted on Thursday, December 27, 2007

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