Christmas would not be Christmas without miracles, hope, love and "angel sightings." One normally pictures angels with wings, dressed in white flowing robes, but such is not always the case.
Last month I wrote about Bill Jordan, owner of B&D Deer Processing, who has had numerous life-threatening health issues in the past year. Unable to work at his normal job and without strength to process deer at his home business, Bill's income source totally dried up. Unfortunately, his medical and other bills did not. Then "angels" began appearing when friends and family members rallied to host a benefit dinner. Another "angel" appeared and made a beautiful quilt to be raffled off. I was called upon this past Saturday to witness the raffle drawing to ensure that it was done honestly, and it was.
But I witnessed much more than that. As I walked into their deer processing facility, I saw a room full of busy "angels" dressed in flannel shirts and sweatshirts. At first, I did not recognize them; their wings must have been tucked under their clothing. I soon learned that every person there was volunteering their time to help keep Bill's business going. More than 400 deer have been processed to date and more are coming in. Tears of deep gratitude flow freely as Bill and his wife, Kay, consider not only the angels in their lives, but the miracle that Bill is alive and on a long road to recovery. They have been blessed with hope for a brighter future and surrounded with love from the many "angels" who continue to minister to them. Well-wishes can be sent to Bill at 4756 Mogadore Road, Kent, OH 44240.
'Twas twenty days before Christmas, when all through our town
Decorations were hanging up high and way down.
And wherever we went, it seemed like we found
Jolly old Santa was hanging around.
Which caused me to ponder: What does this mean?
Is Brimfield the only place that Santa is seen?
Does he like us better or is he just stuck?
Whatever the case, we have all the luck.
Since Santa's reindeer are busy resting for their long Christmas Eve journey, word has it that Santa will arrive at the Kelso House grounds in his horse-pulled buggy at 10 a.m. and will visit until noon on Saturday. Kids of all ages will enjoy the "make-it and take-it" holiday projects, refreshments and other family-fun activities.
Like thousands of others, Santa has been following the Brimfield Police Department's popular Facebook page and saw that they are celebrating their new building with a ribbon-cutting and open house from 1 until 5 p.m. on Dec. 22. Since Chief Oliver has been a very good boy, Santa promised to make a special appearance to hand out gifts to the children.
Tours of the new facility, which was designed by David Sommers & Associates and built by J. Herbert Construction, will be ongoing, and cookies, hot chocolate and other beverages will be served.
With the help of the Brimfield Fire Department, Santa will be chauffeured around on our new fire/rescue truck to make personal visits to area boys and girls. Residents living north of Tallmadge Road will be visited beginning at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22, while those living south of Tallmadge Road will be visited beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 23.
To participate, parents can bring a gift to the fire station by Dec. 20. Each wrapped gift must include the child's name, address, phone number and age. A $5 donation per delivery is requested by the Firefighter's Association, with all funds to be donated to the Akron Children's Hospital burn unit. For more information, call 330-678-9244.
The Christmas spirit tends to soften our hearts with a greater desire to help those in need. In a sense, we become a "Santa." Every "Santa," young and old, is invited to donate to the Christmas Fill-A-Cruiser, which will be held at three locations -- Brimfield Walmart at 250 Tallmadge Road, Speedway Gas Station at 4261 S.R. 43, and Marshalls Department Store at 3975 Cascade Blvd. -- from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. on Saturday. Members of the Brimfield Police Department and community volunteers will collect toys, nonperishable food items, and cash donations for needy families in the Brimfield area. All donations will be distributed by the Brimfield Community Cupboard. Let's help others have a cheerful holiday season.
Over the years of writing "Around Brimfield," I have made many friends. To you, my friends -- May you be blessed with gladness, and hope and love and peace; and may those feelings in your heart, throughout the year increase. Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas.
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