Inquiring minds are smiling tonight because of a great human interest story from Rita Braver of CBSNews about a Great Depression-era Secret Santa:
“And then inside this were stuffed a couple of hundred letters,” Gup said. “They were all from the same week in December of 1933. They were all addressed to someone named Mr. B. Virdot.”
The letters were a portal into the Great Depression and its impact on Individual lives and on the life of a community – Canton, Ohio, Gup’s home town . . .
“I am 14 years old, and I’m writing this because I need clothing. And sometimes we run out of food . . . “
“Christmas will not mean much to our family this year, as my business, bank, real estate, insurance policies are all swept away . . . ”
“When our rent, gas, coal and just the cheapest of food is bought. We have nothing left . . . “
Gup also found what prompted the letters: A small advertisement in the local paper, the Canton Repository, offering small gifts to struggling families:
So they will be able to spend a merry and joyful Christmas. The writer pledges that their identity will never be revealed. Please write B. Virdot. General Delivery, Canton, Ohio.“
You really need to read the entire article. It is one of the most touching stories in recent memory and shows how much good one person can do.
What a blessed man.
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