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25TRADITION25x1cWehadanotherwomanhereonenightwithababymaybeabout18monthsoldx1drecallsPete.x1cThewholefamilywasherex13MomDadGrandmaGrandpaandthebaby.TheyallwentforarideandCharstayedhereandmadehotchocolateandthentheyallcamebackandwedrankhotchocolateatepopcornandchattedandGrandpaandMomandDadwentforasecondride.GrandmastayedinwiththebabytokeepherwarmandwhilewewereoutonourrideGrandmastartedgivingmywifethethirddegreeonwhywedothisforfree.x1cTomakealongstoryshortthebabyhadbeenbornwithmanyofhervitalorgansontheoutsideofherbodyandMomandDadandGrandmaandGrandpahadspenteverylastdimetheyhadinthisworldandhadburnedupalltheirmedicalinsurancetosaveher.GrandmabrokedownandtoldCharallaboutthebabyandCharlooksatherandsaysx18Youx19rethereasonwediditthisyear.Therex19salwaysone.x19Andthereis.Therex19salwayssomeonewhohasahardship.x1dGiventhenumberofpeoplethatvisittheHolidayTraineveryyearPeteandCharleenwillneverknowtheextenttowhichtheirtrainhasbrightenedholidaysforthosewhomightnothavemuchtocelebratebuttheyclearlytreasurethosemomentsthatmakeitcleartheyhavemadeadifference.x1cWehadagentlemantwoorthreeyearsagothatstuckhisheadinthedoorlateoneSundaynightx1drecallsPetex1candhesaidx18IsthisreallyfreeIx19moutofwork.Idonx19thaveanymoney.x19AndIsaidx18Yes.Youx19vegotkidsinthecarGogetthem.x19Hehadalittleboywhowasthreeandalittlegirlwhowasx18ve.TurnsouthehadnotonlyPeteinhiselementx14AllaboardItx19schillyoutsidebutwhocaresThetrainiscomingx1cSeeDadTherereallyisaSantaClausx1dlosthisjobbutthathiswifehadjustpassedaway.Heandhistwokidswerelivingintheircar.Chargotsomeleftoverfoodoutfromapartywex19dhadthenightbefore.Shex18xedupamealandwefedthekidsandgavethemtwoorthreetrainrides.x1dPetetearsupalittlebitashecontinues.x1cAfterthesecondorthirdtrainrideChargotsometreatsoutandmadeupacoupleofgoodiebagsandhidthembehindtheSantabooth.ThiswasrightafterChristmasbuttheSantaboothwasstillup.Shegottheirnamesandwrotethemonthebagsandstapledthemclosed.Whentheycamebackfromtheirlastrideshesaidx18Comeoverhere.SantaClausknewyoux19dbehereandheleftsomethingforyoukidsx19andshegavethemeachaChristmasgift.Thelittleboyturnedaroundandlookedathisdadandsaidx18SeedadTherereallyisaSantaClaus.x19Andnowyouknowwhywex19rehere.x1dRegardlessofwhattheyearhasbroughttothefamiliesthatvisitPetex19sTrainthehardshipsgreatandsmallseemtomeltawaywhen