911 Dispatchers Save Christmas for Family

I love uplifting stories, especially around the holidays. And this story shared with me by Bernardo Chua is a good one.

A grandfather in Tacoma, Washington thought he was doing a good deed for his daughter by bringing her trash and recycling cans to the curb on collection day. However what he was not aware of was that his daughter placed all the Christmas presents for her 6 children in that recycling bin for hiding. Before the grandfather found out the recycling truck had already come by and collected the bin. In a panic he called 911 hoping that maybe they could do something to stop the truck before the presents were ruined. Unfortunately it was too late. The Christmas presents for the children ages 13 to 6 months were gone. The grandfather was distraught. 

Not only was the grandfather distraught but so were the 911 dispatchers who heard the news. The 911 dispatchers decided there was something they could do to help the family. They, along with a few off duty police officers, pooled together a collection of $700 to use to replace the gifts. Being that it was the evening of Christmas Eve there were only two retail stores open. Employees rushed to those stores and managed to replace presents for the children, and even picked up a few for their parents. Needless to say the family was surprised and very grateful for what was done for them. 

To see a video interview with the 911 dispatchers involved check out Komo news.

Turkey or Ham For Christmas Dinner?

Christmas dinner is one of the most important celebrations of the year. During this time, many families have different traditions that they uphold. As long as no one is browsing Skout at the dinner table we’re all good in my family. In days gone by, families had goose as the main course. Those days seem to be long gone, and most stick to a roast, ham or turkey. But which one is the most acceptable dish for the festivities? It really goes down to taste and availabilities.

In my local area, there are hardly any turkeys to be found. During Thanksgiving, there were frozen birds as far as the eye could see. It wasn’t always this way around here. Recently, turkey is for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas. If you differ from that tradition, around here you have to buy earlier. But what if you lived in an area where they didn’t have the normal things, but rather something exotic to celebrate. 

In Greeland, they use raw whale skin for their main dish. Kind of like sushi, this dish is typically taken from the beluga whale. It’s not totally raw, they use a rare cooking process, but I would take ham any-day over this. In Japan, KFC is the tradition for Christmas. In Norway, they roast a lamb’s head and serve it on a platter with several other offerings. The one that gets me the most is the tradition of South Africa. They deep fry worms known as the mopane. 

So whether it is turkey or ham at your house, just remember it could be something far worse and less appetizing.