There comes the story of Possom Trot, a Texas town so small there is no stop light. There aren't even street names in this little place.
What's so special about a tiny town that had its local food bank close months ago and which struggles just to survive?
The fact that the people there, inspired sixteen years ago by Pastor W.C. Martin of the Bennett Chapel Baptist Church, have adopted 76 children out of the foster care system over these intervening years, giving them homes to call their own.
In a world where people fight to adopt infants, older kids often just age out of the foster care system, and are left to cope with life on their own.
People in this town have changed that for many foster children, even as they struggle to put food on their tables, sharing whatever they have and helping these kids have a family to call their own. They may not be able to give them all the luxuries of life, but they can give them love, and joy, and a chance to grow up knowing they belong to a real family.
The news gets better, too. Many people view Wal-Mart as a conglomerate with no heart, but not the people of Possum Trot. Wal-Mart Corporation donated enough food to reopen the food bank, gave each family that has adopted kids from foster care a huge cart full of food and a $500 gift card, has given each of the kids Christmas presents this year, and has given Pastor Martin a $15,000 gift to use in helping families in the future.
This is the kind of news that should be in the headlines.
Christmas Festival in Salvador -- Salvador, Brazil (begins around now, lasts until New Year's Day)
Clean Air Act Day -- US (passed this day 1963; a day to give thanks for the air we breathe)
Cookie Cutter Day
Daniel the Prophet's Day -- Orthodox Catholic Feast Day
Feast of Babalu Aye -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the healer of deadly diseases)
Feast of the Fairy Godmothers -- Fairy Calendar
Hagoita Ichi -- Sensouji Temple, Japan (sale of specially decorated paddles, called hagoita)
Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Askasleikir -- Bowl-licker, who hides under the bed and snatches bowls set on the floor to lick them clean
Kasuga Wakamiya Festival -- Nara, Japan (rarely performed traditional dances at a festival held every year since 1136)
National Day -- Bahrain; Bhutan
National Maple Syrup Day
Procession of Agnios Dionysios -- Zakynthos, Greece (one of the biggest festivals of the year, when the relics of this island's patron saint is honored)
Saturnalia begins (through Dec. 23) -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Saturn, the planter god)
Sow Day -- Orkney Islands, Scotland (ritual slaughter of a sow for the Yule feast)
St. Lazarus of Bethany's Day
Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking -- Tanyrss; 23rd annual; make the decision now to improve your life and health next year
Wright Brother's Day -- US
Milla Jovovich, 1975
Duff Goldman, 1974
Mike Mills, 1958
Bill Pullman, 1953
Wes Studi, 1947
Eugene Levy, 1946
Chris Matthews, 1945
Bob Guccione, 1930
William Safire, 1929
Arthur Fiedler, 1894
John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807
Today in History:
The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison, 546
Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur, 1398
Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII, 1538
Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan, 1586
Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu, 1637
Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's first synagogue, 1728
France recognizes independence of English colonies in America, 1777
Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City, 1790
NYC traffic regulation creates first 1-way street, 1791
Opening of the first legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city, 1792
The US state of Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons, 1821
General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, 1862
First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert, 1865
Violent riots in Montreal, as workers demand work or bread,1875
France declares Madagascar a protectorate, 1885
George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine, 1895
A first prize of 100,00 francs is offered for communications with extraterrestrials, but Martians are excluded - considered too easy, 1900
The Wright Brothers make their first successful flights, 1903
First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane, 1935
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy first appear on TV, 1936
The SALT I talks begin, 1969
Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years, 1989
SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight, 2003
We are winners.
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