We had camped in a Walmart parking lot again. It was morning now and time to hit the road. One last quick stop inside the store and off we would go.
But, an unusual sight at the checkout line stopped us cold.
A group of men and women buying multiple bikes and carts-full of toys.
Something was up. Something good. We had to slow down and find out…
All these toys and bikes were to be donated to the local Toys for Tots campaign, run by the US Marine Corps.
These folks, out on a busy Saturday in the run-up to Christmas, were from a company called SASOL North America in Westlake, Louisiana.
Tens of thousands of dollars were raised within the company. Employees, participating in a Safety Program, had prompted monetary donations from SASOL (and a match from a contractor) to fund this toy buy.
So, here they were, on Day 2 of buying for kids they will never meet who are in need at Christmas. In need of joy. With parents in need of knowing someone cares.
A small army of loving hearts and generous souls were working hard, and using their precious time, to help the Toys for Tots campaign make Christmas brighter for needy folks.
We watched as this little band marched out to the parking lot with their toys, loaded them in their own vehicles and drove off to the donation center.
Once again, we were privileged on the Tramper Voyage to see people with love in their hearts, acting on their commitments to help others.