As a kid, Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year. Between the sugar rush from cookies, the anticipation of Santa and all of the traditions that induce Christmas special, December 24 has a special place in a kids heart.
As a son, John Dorroh knew this night to be one where his mother, Sue, would slip off for a few hours, saying she had a couple of errands to run. He never knew where she went.
That isuntil 1990 after his mother passed away. Jon received a letter from a man who had worked with her at a lavatory seat factory in Columbus, Mississippi. His name was Robert.
Robert wrote to tell John that every year on Christmas Eve, when his mother would slip away for errands, she was coming to his house.
He said, I dont know if you know what your mommy did for us, and I guessed, No, I only knew that she left, said John. And he said, She was playing( Mrs. Santa Claus) for my kids.
It turns out, Robert had a house full of children, and not a lot of fund. Sue would play Mrs. Santa for the children, and bring them things like shoes, clothes, playthings and candy.
I just wanted you to know how much my family and I appreciate what your mom has done for us all these years, Robert wrote in his letter.
John , now 63 years old, was so touched by this story of his mom’s selfless deeds, that he decided to submit it to the publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul .
It recently get selected for their “Joy of Christmas” edition released in October, so this sweet tale of a mother’s kindness is now warming hearts across the globe.
What a boon Sue was to Robert and his family. She left behind a beautiful legacy that surely stimulated her son proud.