Every holiday season in Bucks County, a special kind of magic happens.
I know magic is a strong word, but let me tell you why I use it.
For over a decade now, amazing individuals and families throughout Bucks County have partnered with NOVA’s counselors and advocates to adopt victims of violent crime and provide them with a joyful holiday. Donors buy and wrap gifts, provide groceries and gift cards, and even sometimes trees and ornaments. Everything from dolls to basketballs to bikes to turtles are carefully selected and lovingly given. NOVA’s staff then deliver the gifts…and then sit back and wait for the stories to pour in.
One child we see for counseling was extremely upset one day and crying uncontrollably to her mother. When her mother asked her why she was upset, the child responded that she had heard the Christmas song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and specifically the line, “you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why…Santa Claus is coming to town.” The little girl shared that, because of the sexual abuse she had experienced, she had been crying a lot and now she was afraid Santa would not come to her house. Her mother consoled her, but in her head she frantically wondered how she would find the money to make that happen. After Christmas, when this little girl was the recipient of the Holiday Gift Program, she came into her next counseling session with her new doll and told her counselor, “Santa found me!”
Another mother we see for counseling had been scrimping and saving for a Christmas gift for each of her two teenagers- and then her electricity was turned off. She had to use that saved money to pay to have it turned back on. When her counselor told her that she could be part of the Holiday Gift Program and that her children’s holiday wishes would be granted, she cried and told him how relieved she was to be able to keep one thing normal in the midst of all that had already been taken away from them.
If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
If you ever want to be part of the magic-making, feel free to contact Charity at 215-343-6543. Let’s partner together to keep making the magic happen.