Secret Santas abound around town

SANDUSKY Jamie Halbisen usually procrastinates on her holiday shopping -- so when she finished early
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Jamie Halbisen usually procrastinates on her holiday shopping -- so when she finished early this year, she decided to buy for someone who might not have otherwise had a merry Christmas.

Halbisen, 33, heard about a single mother and her preschool-aged daughter who didn't have much to celebrate this year.

"It breaks my heart," said the Sandusky resident, who recently adopted a young boy with special needs. "No kid should go without anytime of year, especially Christmas."

She and her husband, Eric, knew they couldn't afford to provide everything the family needed, so they spread the word through social networking. Halbisen wrote several online posts through Facebook asking friends and family for help.

By the time she posted her last message, her phone was already ringing.

More than 20 local families donated toys and clothing until her living room resembled Santa's workshop. A local charity donated food vouchers, and Halbisen spent several days before Christmas orchestrating a holiday dinner with all the trimmings.

She delivered the ready-made celebration by limousine on Christmas Eve.

"The community's been amazing," Halbisen said.

Halbisen's friend, Janet Eher, said she's glad to know families like them are still willing to lend a hand.

"I've never seen people want to give like they do," Eher said. "That's what Christmas is all about."

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the unsilent ma...

this is the way it should be. when your neighbor is down you pick them up and help them dust off!!!!!! major props to Jamie and her husband for doing this. A true act of selflessness and goodwill. Im sure karma will reward the Halbisens Properly!

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Thanks to all the area folks who help out each year at Care&Share and the Victory Kitchen! The need will continue to grow in 2010, remember your neighbors.