Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location, and today he shares a special Christmas Day column with our readers. His column resumes its usual Tuesday publication next week. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 02, 2009|
By Doug Collins
For The Times
While most people were piling on extra layers of clothes before they went out Thursday to brave the 48-degree weather, there were at least 73 people in Gainesville who were taking their clothes off in public - some even stripped down to their underwear.
The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.
For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.