Thank you for stopping by for the final story in the Lil’ Anchor’s Sleigh Ride Event.
Danny and Griffin looked out the window and couldn’t believe their eyes. This was one time the weather man knew what he was talking about. Everywhere they looked there were trees down, wires were on the ground and there were even houses that were gone. “How could this be?” asked Danny. “I have never seen anything like this except on the news,” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes were sitting huddled, very scared and cold. The lights were out everywhere, the house was very cold and people were standing outside in amazement at what they were seeing. Hurricane Sandy had just swept the area and life as they knew it had completely changed overnight. They couldn’t watch the news since they had no power and it was days before they would really know how bad it was. Schools were closed indefinitely and many schools were completely destroyed. “We have to find a way to help people,” said Danny. “Let’s put on some old clothes and find some people who could use a hand cleaning out their houses,” said Griffin. They talked to Tom who said his basement had four feet of water in it. The boys went and helped clean out their friend’s house. Then they found others who needed some help. As time went on, schools would reopen and life would start to get back to normal.
“Christmas is coming,” said Danny. “What will happen to all these people who have lost their trees, decorations and have no money now for Christmas?” said Griffin. “I think we need to do something.” Waffles and Pancakes overheard the conversation. “I know Danny and Griffin will find a way to help people,” said Waffles. “Yes, together we can maybe help some families still have a nice Christmas,” said Pancakes. The boys called all their friends and started taking donations. The school gave them a room to collect it all and gave them a list of families they knew that could use some Christmas spirit.
Danny and Griffin donated their allowances, went to stores and even found some willing to donate some supplies. Then they set out to deliver their surprises to some people who were in need of something good. When asked why they did this, the boys both said that they had realized a long time ago that it wasn’t what they had, but more important, that they were loved.
It was Christmas Eve and the boys were so happy that they were able to put smiles on so many people’s faces. Waffles and Pancakes were sitting watching the lights on Danny’s tree. The boys had told Santa that this year they didn’t want anything. They wanted anything they would have gotten to be given to other children who now had nothing. When Santa heard this he knew that the boys deserved something special for all the good they had done.
Since the boys were best friends, their parents let Griffin sleep over at Danny’s for the night. Danny, Griffin, Waffles and Pancakes were just about settled in for the night when all of a sudden…………..this huge light filled the room. “What on earth is that?” said Danny. “I don’t know!” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes quickly hid under the bed. “You have nothing to be afraid of,” a sweet voice said to them. Everyone looked up and there, outside Danny’s window, was a beautiful magical sleigh. When they looked closer they could see their friends from Halloween already sitting inside it. “Are we dreaming again?” said Danny. “We didn’t eat a lot of candy again, did we?” said Griffin. “We only had hot chocolate, candy canes and sugar cookies,” said Danny. Waffles and Pancakes crawled out from under the bed. The four of them climbed into the sleigh and were off.
When they got on the sleigh they saw all their friends, “Hi Savannah, Brooke, Alexis, Syvok and James!” “What a nice surprise to see you all again,” said Danny. “We didn’t think we would ever see you again,” said Griffin. There were also some new friends on the sleigh; Matt, Alex, and Bethany. In an instant they were off and on their way. They didn’t know what was happening or where they were headed, but they knew that they were safe. It seemed like only minutes had passed when they saw in the distance the most beautiful sight they have all ever seen! It was like a giant rainbow. Once the sleigh landed they were greeted by tons of elves, Elle leading the way for them. They were taken into a special room which was filled with so many toys and games they all just stared in amazement. Wonderful Christmas music started playing, everyone got up and started dancing; a Santa flash mob was happening. Then, just when they thought it couldn’t get any better, Santa Claus arrived!
“Each of you are the special chosen ones this year for your selfless acts of kindness,” said Santa. “I have been watching you all this year and I have never been happier than I am right now tonight,” exclaimed Santa. “Is this really happening?” asked Danny. “I certainly hope so,” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes were dancing around and Santa even gave them special hats to wear. “I heard that you have decided to donate all your toys this year because you have learned the true meaning of what Christmas is all about,” said Santa. “I think that you all deserve something for your selfless acts,” said Santa. A bunch of elves came running and handed each of them a special golden heart. “What you each have in your hands is a golden heart,” said Santa. “It is magical, so whenever you need a big wish all you have to do is hold it in your hands and pray,” said Santa. “You can’t use it all the time, but when it is really needed your wish will come true,” said Santa. All the children stared at their beautiful sparkly golden hearts. It was like nothing they had ever seen before. “Now I want you all to close your eyes and make a wish,” said Santa.
Next thing they know it’s Christmas morning. Danny and Griffin open their eyes and look out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. “I had the most amazing dream last night,” said Danny. “Me too,” said Griffin. Waffles and Pancakes climbed out of their little beds and noticed they were wearing Santa hats. “Hey, where did they get the hats?” said Danny. “I thought we were dreaming?” said Griffin. They went over to the window and there were the two golden hearts. “How can that be?” said Danny. Danny’s mom and dad called the boys down to see the tree and have breakfast. The boys grabbed their golden hearts, picked up Waffles and Pancakes and ran downstairs. Under the tree were presents for them all. “We told Santa we didn’t need anything this year,” said Danny. “Well I guess Santa decided you needed a couple of special things this year,” said Danny’s mom. The boys glanced down at their special golden hearts and whispered softly “thank you Santa, we have all that we will ever need in life, we have our family who loves us!” “That is what Christmas is all about,” said Waffles and Pancakes.
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