The most amazing thing happened at the Everett Mall during the second week of December. I was shopping for children’s coats at Macy’s. When I took four coats to the checkout, the clerk, Paula, asked me if they were for my grandchildren. I responded, “No, my brother Paul sent me a check so I could buy some coats for the children in my daughter’s class. She teaches first grade at Hawthorne Elementary in Everett, and it’s my second year of collecting coats to keep kids warm — in response to the events at Sandy Hook last year. My family and friends responded to the call and we were able to present a new coat to every child last year!
While waiting for the coats to be rung up, a woman standing in line behind me had overheard the conversation. She said to me, “I would like to buy those kids three coats — please choose them and I will pay the cashier!” Imagine! That touched me deeply, and then the clerk, Paula, added, “And pick one out for me to donate, too.” And she asked one her associates to cover for her so she could take a break and retrieve her purse and purchase the coat to donate!
Words cannot express the gratitude I feel that two complete strangers stepped up to help these kids whose parents struggle. It’s so hard to see little ones in this cold weather in long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts.
The principal, teaches and support staff at Hawthorne are dedicated, hard-working, and inspired to make a difference in this school that is so diverse and challenging.
On Dec. 11, we gave each of Lisa’s students a new coat — smiles abounded — some held them close to their hearts before putting them on. It is indeed a joyful. Thank you to my brother, to Paula the Macy’s clerk, and the woman standing behind me in line who told me her name was Roberta. You made a difference.