A Joyful Christmas

by Larry Little

Beaumont evacuee Jesus Deleon is a single father of three teenagers. Jesus is a handyman by trade. He's been able to find work and a home in Lufkin, but the Christmas holiday looked dim for his family.

Jesus came to the Salvation Army to ask for a couch that's been sitting in front of the Salvation Army store, but he left with much more. Salvation Army Captain Maldanado arrived at the Deleon home and noticed the children didn't have bare necessities or Christmas gifts. "The Salvation Army got me some Christmas presents for my kids. They helped us with some beds and some groceries. I know God is watching over us", says Jesus.

"Our job is to identify the need and meet the need, says Captain Maldanado.

Though Jesus' paychecks barely get him by from month to month, his faith won't allow him to give up. "God has been good to us, and the people of Lufkin have been good to us. I just want to work and take care of my babies, says Jesus.

Months ago, Jesus moved back to Beaumont, but decided Lufkin was the best place for his children. The Salvation Army gave the children who had planned on getting nothing for Christmas an X-box game.