I was so saddened to read that the Emmaus House may have to close due to lack of funds. With the economy the way it is today, a place like the Emmaus House is needed now more than ever.

My parents lived through the Depression and they taught my brothers and I to be grateful and feel blessed that we have shelter and food to eat. A person has no idea what it's like not to have these things.

I will be making a donation this year and will make this donation in memory of my parents. They loved to give to the Emmaus House. Since I cannot buy them a Christmas gift any longer, this is what I can give them.

I urge Garden City residents to do the same, make a donation in memory of a loved one or instead of buying your child that extra toy that will break in a few weeks time, to make a donation. Tell your children that this is what you are doing, so they will learn how to give.

If our community loses a place like the Emmaus House then it's like we are shutting the door on the less fortunate, and that is so sad. We need to pay it forward.


Garden City