Here in Coeur d’Alene the Holiday Season is a Celebration and the Atmosphere is filled with Joy, as it should be. Celebrating Christmas in a Grandiose style is a long tradition for the Coeur d’Alene Community. People come from all over the World to experience it.
As many of us take this as an opportunity to spend time with our friends and families, with our parties and gift giving let’s not forget about those who have been displaced because of hard economic times. Many of the people that are Homeless in our Community are the very same people who helped with the Construction on your Homes when you had them built. Or maybe they cleaned your home, or even served you at your favorite Restaurant.
These people are no less a part of our Community than when they had jobs. Everyone of us have gone through some sort of hard times, whether it was financial, emotional, spiritual and we have had someone there to lean on for Support. Isn’t that what Community is all about?
The following is a true story from a Member of the Coeur d’Alene Community who choses to stay Anonymous. He says this story is about about the Community and not him.
“I came to Coeur d’Alene over 15 years ago. My Truck broke down on my way here and I had to ride the Bus into town, which caused me to be a few days later than I had planned. My friend who had invited me to come to Coeur d’Alene was preparing for a trip to spend Christmas with Family in Oregon and could not wait for me to arrive.
Two Days before Christmas and having no where to stay until my Friend returned, I was able to get into the St. Vincent de Paul’s shelter for Men. Having been from a Big City I assumed the worst about a “Homeless Shelter”. I found quit the opposite to be true at this one.
Christmas Eve day we were all taken to a Church in Post Falls and fed a really big Christmas Dinner with all the fixings. They even gave each one of us our own plate of goodies for later. Christmas morning we were all given a Christmas present from Duane Hagadone, and then fed another Christmas dinner.
The Christmas gift contained some warm socks, thermals, a pair of gloves and a stocking cap. (This is where He began to tear up as he shared his story with me) That was the day that I knew this was a Community that I wanted to be involved in.
I Married a local girl 14 years ago. I am a Volunteer in a local Recovery Program, and a Member of the Christian Community Coalition. I’m also on Staff with a local Church now. That Christmas day that I received from the Coeur d’Alene Community has helped shape my Life and influenced me to help others in need. My Christmas Prayer is that the Coeur d’Alene Community will continue to share their Love with the Entire Community. Thank You St. Vincent de Paul, Duane Hagadone and the Coeur d’Alene Community for the warm welcome.” Anonymous.
His story touched me, and reminded me that Christmas is the time for giving, and not receiving. If each Person did one nice thing for someone else in need the impact on our Community would be incredible! A warm pair of gloves can warm the hands and the soul!
Please find some way to help show some love to those who have fallen on hard times.
Thank You Coeur d’Alene for being one of the best Communities to live in the World!
St. Vincent de Paul can be reached at (208) 457-8380 201 East Harrison Avenue Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-3240.
Thank You to Jay Stotts a local Photographer for sharing with us the Incredible Picture of this years November 25th Fireworks!