The Martial Spirit, the Holiday Spirit!Profiles
It has been said before here that the Martial Arts fosters community involvement, personal sacrific and selfless acts. The following story captures this truth, it is a thank you letter written by Dr. Jim Thomas of Richmod Indiana to his students…
Thank you everyone from the United States Karate System. Christmastime is a special time of year for everyone. Some less fortunate families in Wayne County area and surrounding counties had a merrier Christmas because of a project I’ve continued for many years.
This year about 70 families had hundreds of dollars each in toys (new) given to them. We were able to adopt several families within our own memberships who’ve known people who needed help during this season. We also gave lots to the Circle You and Dunn Center plus more.
Our members were encouraged, if they could, to give a little. No money, just toys new and used. Many, many thousands of dollars in toys poured in that filled our training floor — even some who just knew of our unannounced project.
I’ve done this for so long, it’s easy for me. I announce a project with hundreds of members who all took part. A noble effort by these who by years past surpassed my plans. I watched family after family bringing in toys, clothes, food — wow! Some families even the “lil” ones parted with their toys so other kids could have Santa and the elves fix up and give to kids who Santa needed to give to around the world (Richmond area). Even the teens took delight giving outdated games, pocket games, large things, etc., knowing the deal with Santa — lots of work they parted with things normally they would not.
As the presents poured in I wept! As a proud martial arts instructor with many of my own “lil” ones, I knew 10,000 plus in toys would take care of many. Miracles do happen, with leaders of groups who are willing to put a little extra help in.
To all my members, families and others who gave unselfishly — I’m proud of you! It makes me, a proud karate teacher for decades, more proud than words can describe.
“Lil” Jake, who let loose of his prized Spiderman (big stuffed toy), cried giving it away. I said, “Ouch. Keep it, Jake.” However Jake said, “No, I’ll get another. Santa won’t have to fix him because he was my friend.” Mom and dad ensured Jake got lots of Spiderman stuff — cool. He wanted Legos this year. Spiderman was OK but for kids, he said (at age 7). Sorry, Santa. Spiderman, then Legos and before you know it, it’ll be a car!
We want to thank Dr. Jim Thomas for his efforts and for sharing this letter with us. May it serve as inspiration for others to help those less fortunate not only during the Holiday season but throughout the year. For Jim Thomas and all of his students…OSU!!
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