December 18, 2017 7:57 am
Updated: December 22, 2017 10:39 am

Bob Layton Editorial: God bless you

Delivery weekend continues Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous.

Dave Carels, Global News

What a great weekend that was, watching over 1,500 vehicles loaded with elves deliver nearly 24,000 gifts to needy children. I met so many fine people there to help out.

Several spoke of how they got gifts from 630 CHED Santas Anonymous when they were children, including city councillor Aaron Paquette.

I spoke with many who brought children and they told me how good it was for their youngsters to see what life can be like for other families.

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The fellow who told me the most heartwarming story was also named Bob. He started delivering back in 1971 — the year I came to 630 CHED.

At that time he was also a young man, he drove an old car, as many did back then he wore a sheepskin coat, had longish hair, and even today, has a beard.

When he heard Jerry Forbes say, “Mommy – was that Jesus?” his heart was touched as he thought, “Oh my, that could be me.”

And indeed, it could have been him and every other volunteer who came out this year to help with traffic or refreshments or to dispatch or porter or wrap or bag or deliver the gifts that you brought in.

If I may make a tiny twist on tiny Tim, God bless you, every one.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.

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