Page 1 - Good News December2006 paper
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Bobby was getting cold sitting in his backyard in       already. And, try as he might, he
          the snow. Bobby didn't wear boots; he didn't like       could not come up with an idea for
          them  and  anyway,  he  didn't  own  any.  The  thin    his  mother's  Christmas  gift.  He
          sneakers he wore had a few holes in them and they       shook  his  head  as  he  thought,
          did a poor job of keeping out the cold.                 "This is useless, even if I do come
          Bobby had been in his backyard for about an hour        up with an idea, I don't have any
                                                                  money to spend."
                                                                  Ever since his father had passed
                                                                  away three years ago, the family
                                                                  of  five  had  struggled.  It  wasn't
                                                                  because his mother didn't care, or
                                                                  try, there just never seemed to be
                                                                  enough. She worked nights at the
                                                                  hospital, but the small wage that
                                                                  she  was  earning  could  only  be
                                                                  stretched so far.
                                                                  What the family lacked in money
                                                                  and  material  things,  they  more
                                                                  than  made  up  for  in  love  and
                                                                  family unity. Bobby had two older
                                                                  and one younger sister, who ran
                                                                  the  household  in  their  mother's
                                                                  All three of his sisters had already
                                                                  made  beautiful  gifts  for  their
                                                                  mother.  Somehow  it  just  wasn't
                                                                  fair.  Here  it  was  Christmas  Eve
                                                                  already,  and  he  had  nothing  to
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