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Harmony Dailey, 10, has a recurring desire to give unto others, especially at Christmas time.

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Three years ago, Harmony was inspired to make Christmas ornaments for soldiers overseas. This year she’s targeting the homeless.

When she was 7-years-old, she learned about soldiers at a Veteran’s Day observance at school. But a month or so later, she overheard someone at school say there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Depressed, she asked her mother Christina Jeffers if Santa is real. The two of them had a long talk about the real spirit of giving, her mother said.

Then, they went to work to make Harmony’s Christmas dream come true that year. Devoting all their spare time for four days, Christina and her daughter made more than 550 ornaments for troops out of poster board, glitter and stickers. Then they mailed them overseas.

This year, Harmony became inspired to help the homeless after she and her mother drove down a street near Wal-Mart and saw a homeless man on the roadside with a dog. Harmony started asking questions.

“She was sad,” her mother said. “She asked me, ‘What do they do when it gets cold?’ I said, ‘Honestly I don’t know.’ I told her about the (Connection) homeless shelter, and she offered not to take any Christmas presents if we could give gloves, hats, socks and hot chocolate to homeless people.”

Her mother thought that was a mighty good idea for Christmas, if a little challenging.

Christina said the big challenge will be to give the items to homeless people who do not stay at the shelter. She is not sure how to find them and give them gifts, but that’s her daughter’s top priority.

“Harmony wants to go all out too, of course,” Christina said. “She wants to fill 30 bags with clothes, and also include reusable cups with hot chocolate mix, with some quarters inside the cups in case they need to buy hot water. She wants to make another 10 bags for their dogs that are homeless, too.”

The idea is taking hold. Christina posted about it on Facebook, and soon River Valley Chiropractic donated their radio spot on KODY to the cause. Offers of help soon arrived.

Chistina said people offered to give more than the adult clothing items.

“Some people want to donate kids’ toys and clothes, too,” Christina said. “We think the children’s items should go directly to the shelter.”

Christina bought some plain bags at a dollar store. She and her daughter will decorate the bags for the homeless gifts. Christina is working overtime at Perkins to earn some extra money.

Together, in the next week or two, they hope to keep some fingers, toes and heads a little warmer.

“We are ecstatic,” Christina said.

To talk to Christina about the project, call her at 308-650-1320. To donate (or send Harmony a Christmas card) mail them at 2300 East Philip, Lot 50C in North Platte.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/4/2013
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