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It's that time of year again

I'm not sure I ever mentioned this in public, but when I was a kid in Sweetwater, my family was poverty stricken. My dad passed away when I was 4 years old, and my mom had the daunting task of raising 5 kids by herself. I suppose it was a relief that the oldest two were old enough to be on their own, but that still left me and my 2 sisters.

When I was 7 years old, I had no idea about income or a lack thereof. I had no idea we were poor. So when Christmas came, I had no idea the ramifications of an empty wallet in the household was. I just wanted winter to be over with so baseball season could get there.

Then I was exposed to the Sweetwater Goodfellows. 

They were the local firemen in town. They were good guys and fixed used toys and took the toys around town in their big firetrucks and donated them to underprivileged kids like me and my sisters. Their hearts were in the right spot, and we appreciated all the help and donations, but let's face it, it was also kind of embarrassing. I mean, how would you like a huge firetruck pulling up in front of your house so your neighbors could see you were getting toy donations?

Here is my point to all of this: It's a very good thing that folks and organizations want to donate this Christmas. No question I was thankful for that. Just be sure you don't embarrass someone with your generosity.

"Never pay for the same real estate twice" General George S. Patton