DCMF 2012 Spirit of Christmas

Five families from San Bernardino County and Riverside County were chosen by Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital as recipients for Christmas gifts courtesy of the Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation’s “Spirit of Christmas Program. Cities represented were Highland, Ontario, Riverside and Perris and all of the families had a child fighting leukemia including one that was also a burn victim.

Some of these children may not live to see another Christmas so we made sure that this Christmas would be one to remember by all of them. DCMF delivered $25,000 worth of gifts and food to the families of Leeah Oregon age (5), Marleny Bailon age (10), Angel Curiel age (13), Daniel Iniguez age (5) and Gustavo Valdez Jr. age (11).

The children really needed some Christmas spirit and they were shocked when Santa arrived riding in a fire truck led by a police escort going code-3 and an army of volunteers carrying arm loads of presents.The pictures accompanying this article tell the real story because the kids thought they were getting nothing for Christmas.

Thanks to a lot of volunteers this Christmas delivery was a huge success and every child we met was left with a big smile on their face. At Christmas it’s not what’s under your tree but it’s what’s in your heart that counts. Bringing joy and the Christmas spirit to a sick child is the greatest gift we could wish for.

Corky Bell
Executive Director, DCMF
Retired RSO Corporal

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