Family thrilled by readers' generosity
A family who'd lost hope in the idea of having a Christmas this year has had its faith restored after strangers gave a helping hand.
Charlie Wickham, who told The Telegram this week he didn't know if he could give his family a Christmas this year, said he's overwhelmed by the donations his family has received from total strangers.
A man dropped by the house with $1,000 in cash Tuesday morning, the day the story ran in The Telegram, Charlie said.
Another came by later that day with a gift card for Sobeys and promised the family's traditional Christ-mas Eve pizza will be delivered.
Others dropped off gifts or groceries and a church dropped off a Christmas hamper of vegetables.
"What can I say? All I can say is thank you," he said, admitting he cried every time someone knocked on the door and contributed something to the family's Christmas celebration.
"What I don't understand is how those people yesterday found out my address."
Charlie lives with his wife Marg and their two adult children, Natasha and Noel, and three grandchildren in a Buckmaster's Circle home.
He told The Telegram this week his family sometimes has to go without, but that he really loves giving them a wonderful Christmas. But this year it's been tough to scrape the money together to make ends meet, let alone have a Christmas.
After receiving the donations though, Charlie says he's paid off some bills, gotten some Christmas goodies and gifts and is ready for a real holiday.
"Everybody's in a better mood than we were," he says of his family, adding that he'd like to say thank you again to the people who helped out.
"The buddy who knocked on my door and said, 'I'm here to help you' … That's a lot of money for a stranger to give to another stranger."