The officers of The American Legion helped Santa on Christmas Eve to deliver holiday cheer to a family in Twisp, Wash.
The post chaplain Caroline Groninger, Santa/post sergeant-at-arms William (Skinny) Robinson, and first vice commander Keith Morden, with my wife Donna Morden, delivered gifts and holiday cheer to a single mom with two jobs and her two kids, a boy of 4 and a girl of 10.
My wife told me about a struggling family who was not going to have much of a Christmas and asked if the post did anything like that. I told her that we needed a little more time than a week, but I would try. I texted our chaplain and within an hour she texted me back from a Walmart in the next town and said "what do I get?" My wife got on Facebook and the donations poured in, and a local church offered to pay their rent for a month to take some more stress off of the family.
The looks on the kids' face when Santa got out of the car (landing space restricted) made everyone's holidays.
First Vice Commander
American Legion Post 0143