The unexpected Christmas gift. A short story.

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Reaching out in time of need brings unforeseen happiness

At the top of this icy, snowy road lives a family of four. James the father, Joan the mother and Kimmi a little five year old girl and Keith a seven year old boy.

The family is poor. James unemployeed for over a year now. Joan has multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair bound at times.

They are living on food stamps and a small check issued monthly from the government.

Christmas is approaching and there is no money for presents.

One evening as the family sat down to eat supper they heard a loud crashing sound followed by a terrifying scream. James quickly ran to the window and observed an overturned car at the bottom of the snowy ravine. He rushed to put his coat, hat and gloves on then ran to see what he could do to help.

He found a man alone slumped over the steering wheel. A large gash on his forehead was bleeding profusely. He applied pressure to the area with his gloved hand. He worked frantically to free him from the vehicle, then carried him up the icy hill to his home.

While James was covering him with blankets he noticed a cell phone in his coat pocket. He quickly called nine one one and relayed what happened and told them they were in dire need of an ambulance.

Soon they heard the sirens blaring as the ambulance moved slowly up the icy road.

The E.M.T. recognized the injured man. He was the owner of the Chevrolet dealership in town........

Two days had passed since that fateful night when they heard a knock on the door. James was surprised to see the E.M.T. standing with an envelope in his hand. He gave it to James and told him it was from the man he had rescued that bitter cold night.

When he opened the envelope and saw a check for two thousand dollars and keys to a new silverado pickup truck, he was speechless! The envelope also included a note asking him to please come to see him in the hospital.

The E.M.T. drove him to the hospital. They both were welcomed with a warm smile and a grateful handshake.

He told James how very thankful he was, stating " You saved my life. I want to help you anyway i can. " He had asked around town about the family who lived in the old rundown house at the top of that road where he had the accident. He was told of their plight. He offered James a good job at his dealership. He also told him that he owned an appartment complex and had a vacancy on the ground floor. James accepted with tears flowing.

When James told his family the good news they too, were overjoyed.

The next day they drove their new truck to the woods and found the perfect tree, They also bought each a gift.

That evening as they all sat down to eat supper they all joined hands and said a prayer of thankfulness and feeling secure that there are angels among us. They just needed to reach out a helping hand to feel their presence.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I had tears in my eyes while reading this; that doesn't happen very often, Ruby. Beautiful is the only word I can think of to describe this story. :)


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you so much Bill. Your comment fills me with joy! When i saw your picture prompt, i couldn't resist writing a Christmas story. You made my day my friend. Cyber hugs....


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Ruby,

I wanted to promptly tell you how effective this prompt of a picture was...

You have put your creative, nostalgic and heartwarming spin on a holiday message we can all learn from. Beautiful job...with a splash of Elvis as an added bonus.

Love, Maria


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby, You have an uncanny way about you. I like the way you delivered an angel in the form of a used car salesman. That is clever. Your story is filled with the meaning of the season, a wonderful tale filled with hopes and fulfilled dreams. And I see you added an Elvis concert as icying on the proverbial cake.

I notice that mar also likes the Elvis.


Ghaelach 2 years ago

Morning Ruby.

This is a nice read. Just up my street.

Wonders do happen, and as you have shown in your story "Angels" come in all shapes and sizes.

Take care and keep warm.

LOL Ghaelach


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Well done Ruby. A tear to my eye at the end. Your story and its thread of kindness is what we need more of in our world. Thank you.

Graham.


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south

You have such a talent for these profound short stories. Always a pleasure to read them. I hope you holidays are wonderful and happy.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A beautiful story. Just right for the Christmas season, too.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Thank you dear one, so glad you enjoyed. It wouldn't be Christmas without Elvis. I do miss him. Cheers and lots of love.....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. I know a used car salesman is not a likely candidate for angel status..lol..Thank you for kind words. I am always so happy when you visit my stories...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ghaelach. I agree. We never know where an angel might be, maybe a homeless man on the street testing us to see if we will walk on by without a thought of helping him. I am so glad you liked my story. Thank you for coming...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Graham. So nice to see you. Happy my story touched you. Thank you for telling me....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello d. What a sweet comment. Thank you..Here's hoping you have a wonderful holiday season. I envy you living in the south...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Blossom. Your beautiful comment warms me heart. Thank you my friend...


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This is the perfect story for this season. It was very touching and I rated it beautiful.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh, Ruby, I loved this story! This is what the true spirit of Christmas is all about. I hope everyone remembers to do something kind for their fellow man…too many are barely making ends meet, while others are left on the streets with no home or little hope. Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring story. Voted up and shared. Hugs.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Just before reading this I was listening to our local talk radio. The host seems to be promoting reaching out to others during this Christmas season. Responses are amazing to listen to. Callers are wanting to know how to contribute to the efforts of private individuals like the one in your story and it has apparently become overwhelming. Individuals are ready to help each other when they realize a need is legitimate and the show's hosts are wondering how to handle the volume. I think they decided to simply put people in touch with each other and let them work together on their own. Children deciding to reach out to others have caused people to want to contribute to their efforts. Adults reaching out to other adults have caused others to contribute. It's been amazing to hear about it all. People reaching out to people is much more meaningful and impactful than the needy just getting a government check because there is opportunity for a relationship that could lead to huge benefits for everyone involved. Thank you for sharing your story as an encouragement to others to reach out to the needy.


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Suhail and my dog 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

A simply written, but an excellent short story.

Christmas should always be a giving season for those of us who can afford. In his fast and furious world, you never know that the family who needs your help is living in a neighbouring street. You may not know it, but charities and philanthropic organizations do. Donations are a win-win situation for both givers and the needy.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely, thoughtful Christmas story to inspire every one of us. Thank you, Ruby. There are angels all around us. Sometimes we are fortunate to find them.


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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia

Very touching Ruby and honestly the true meaning of the season. Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe this one. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pam, Thank you for a beautiful comment. Happy you enjoyed....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. Thank you so much. I agree, many are suffering and need our help. It seems like everyone in my area has the spirit of giving this year. I hope everyone drops something in the red kettle, it is my favorite charity. Hugs my friend...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello RTalloni. I am thrilled to hear about people responding to the needy. They are doing the same in my area. It is amazing! Thank you so much for commenting..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Suhai and my dog. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Giving to someone who is in need gives the giver a feeling of joy, whether it is a coin or a larger gift. Thank you so much for coming to read and comment....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj. I am so glad my story inspired you. Thank you for telling me. I like to believe there are angels around us.

Hugs my dear friend...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky. I agree. The true meaning of Christmas is giving. I watched ' The little house on the prairie ' last night, they were so poor and one little gift meant so much. Thank you for all your votes my friend. Have a wonderful Christmas....


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Ruby, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am so glad you shared it with us. I love happy endings! :) U / A / I and U and shared.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A delightful and heartwarming story. Enjoyed.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Ruby,

This storywas beautiful and filled with the true spirit of Christmas-- love for our fellow man.

Voting it up across the board except for funny and shared.

Hope you have a Happy and Blessed Christmas,

Gail


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Denise, So good to see you on HP. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you my friend..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rasma. Heartwarming is what i was hoping for. Thank you. Happy you enjoyed...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gail. So glad to see you on my page. Happy you enjoyed. Merry Christmas to you too..


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Keeping the helping hand out through the entire year, is the message. Thanks, Ruby!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

this is a beautiful story ruby, and shows that we should always help people whatever time of year it is, have a wonderful Christmas!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. Yes i agree, if only we all would keep the Christmas spirit throughout the year. Thank you dear friend..Hugs and good wishes...


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell. Thank you for a beautiful story comment. Have a wonderful Christmas too dear friend..Hugs....

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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