Drug court graduate rescues Christmas spirit for family
Richard Chase Special to the Democrat
When a former Bryan County Drug Court graduate saw a plea for help on a local Facebook site there was no doubt in his mind what he had to do. The plea had come from a former drug court counselor in the program that gave him a new life five years ago.
Coralinda Kloberdanz had a client with two children who had signed up for a toy program but was informed there were only 100 kids selected and more than 200 had applied. The woman was frantic since she thought it was too late to get help from other sources. Kloberdanz issued a plea on the popular Bryan County Soundoff group and was overwhelmed with offers of help.
One of those was a former client in the drug program and wishes to remain anonymous who said he would like to donate one hundred dollars for the children. The offer was almost half of what he had in his bank account.
“I don’t have a lot but what I do have has been given to me by God,” he told Kloberdanz. “The taxpayers here paid to keep me in jail and put me through the drug court program, it’s the least I can do. God gets the glory.”
”People in the group were very generous offering to help with presents,” Kloberdanz said. “We had already received numerous responses for help to this family when I got the private message from the former drug court participant. He wanted this opportunity to pay it forward for all the help he received while in the drug program and I knew it meant as much to him as it would the children receiving the presents.”
The following day, one lady showed up at Kloberdanz’s office with new shoes for the two children and two others dropped off presents. The counselor cried a river of tears as she started explaining to others trying to donate that they had enough. The former client, who had successfully built a new life, said for her to get a Christmas card with the money inserted and to sign it “From Jesus.”
“The BCSO Facebook group has been so wonderful and helpful with community projects this year,” said Kloberdanz. “Hopefully every child in Bryan County will be served and none will wake up empty handed on Christmas morning.”
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