RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A local organization gave to the young and old who wouldn’t be able to otherwise celebrate Christmas.
She’s not your average Santa. She doesn’t wear a big red suit and she doesn’t have a sleigh, but the director of Helping Hand Mission, Sylvia Wiggins, delivers.
“Ms. Syliva is a good woman,” Shirley Flynn said. Flynn came to the Helping Hand Mission Christmas Day.
Just like Santa and his elves, Wiggins and volunteers band together all year round to give gifts on Christmas.
“I’m in awe of the generosity and the kindness of the community and people that just want to help out,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins doesn’t make it around the world in one night, but she has served 1,800 families in the Raleigh community with a hot meal, a toy underneath the tree and a hug.
“I’m overwhelmed, because I didn’t think it could happen, but every door that closed another door opened,” she told WNCN.
Wiggins said while this year’s Christmas is nearly over, there’s a goal for 2016. She said, “Christmas is one beautiful day, and we thank God for it, but 365 days a year everybody needs to be in the trenches helping others.” She added, “the overall goal is to make sure no child go without. Just the fact that people are coming together is the true meaning of Christmas.”