A seven-year-old girl went to the mall to see Santa. When it was her turn to tell
Santa what she wanted, she gave him a Styrofoam cup filled with change. She
told him that she didn’t want anything. She said the money in the cup was from
doing some work at home, and that she wanted someone in need to have it.
Santa was a little surprised by the little girl’s generosity and her request. He set
the cup aside until it was time to go home. He thought about putting the money
in the Salvation Army kettle, but then he thought he would bring it home. When
he got home, he told his wife the story of the little girl and the cup, and he said he
didn’t know what to do with it. They counted the money, and it came to about
three dollars and seventy-two cents. This Santa did not go to church, but his wife
did. She said that she would take the money to her pastor and give it to him. So,
on the Sunday before Christmas, she gave the cup to the pastor and explained the
circumstances saying she thought this was a special cup. Now the cup with the
change in it sat on the pastor’s desk. At the Christmas Eve service, he took the
cup and set it at the front of the church. He told the story of the little girl wanting
the money to go to someone in need. During the service, people came forward
and added money to the cup. After the service, the money was counted, and it
totaled three hundred and seventy-two dollars. Now the pastor was not sure
what to do with it. Right after Christmas, he called a pastor who was starting a
church in the inner city of Atlanta. He asked him if he knew anyone who could use
the money. The Atlanta pastor said that there was a man volunteering his skills in
renovating an old house they bought for back taxes. They were turning it into a
church. The pastor said that he would like to give him the money. The pastor did
not know that his helper had a car payment due the next day, and he did not have
the money to pay it. When the check was presented to the volunteer, he cried
out, “Isn’t God good!” several times. The check was for the exact amount he
owed on the truck. This story is true and took place in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The churches and pastors involved in this story were in the district where I served
as Conference Superintendent. No one knew the identity of the little girl until the
pastor who had the cup wrote the story, and it was printed in the newspaper.
The little girl and her parents came forward, and they learned the path their
daughter’s cup had taken and how it was used to help someone in need.
It Is almost the end of the year, and you will soon be getting the Tuscawilla
Homeowner’s Association Membership Dues invoice. Please respond right away.
We need you to be a member. I can’t tell you how many Tuscawilla residents told
me that they needed to pay their dues but just didn’t get around to doing it. We
are a voluntary homeowners’ association, so no one has to pay their dues. But, if
you like living here, you know that you have someone working to keep this
premier Central Florida Community a wonderful place to live. The dues support
our magazine and pay for our insurance. The funds help promote community
events, pay for our website, and cover administrative costs. With all the increases
we are experiencing, your dues just cover your Association’s expenses. Your
Board of Directors are all volunteers who believe in community service, and they
believe that Tuscawilla is a way of life we all want to preserve. I want to thank
each one of them for giving their time and talent to Tuscawilla. Our Board of
Directors consists of Kim Coburn, Roger Monroe, Chris Waguespack, Tony
Bolyard, Cindy Guiles, Carlos Luengo, Greg Smith, Sue Beveridge, and me. I also
want to thank our Tuscawilla Today editor, Elaine Johnson, for her amazing work.
May each of you enjoy this Hanukkah and Christmas season.
Dr. Kurt Miericke
Tuscawilla Homeowners Association
Tuscawilla Homeowners Association PO Box 195666 Winter Springs, FL 32719-5666 US
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