In the classic movie “Miracle on 34th Street”, Kris Kringle plays the Santa at Macy’s Department Store in New York City. When children come who want a toy that Macy’s does not carry, Kris refers the parents to Gimbles, or another store.
Recently, YWAM (Youth with a Mission) Myrtle Beach has been looking for a 15-passenger van to transport our adult discipleship students from our Base Housing to the Socastee Family Worship Center where we hold our classes. Up until now, we have had to use three private vehicles for the commute, five days a week.
We recently received donations totaling $3,500 toward the purchase of a van. I went online Cars.com and got back several responses for my request to find a used 15-passenger bus or van for under $4,000.
Most dealerships sent me information on new vans or information on cars that were not even close. A few responded with possible vans or buses for us, but they were above our budget. I got personal calls back from three that asked me for more information.
One of those was Beach Automotive here in Myrtle Beach. The lady who called us was Danielle Malcomb. She tried to find a vehicle that would suit, but when she realized her dealership had nothing for us, she went online herself to check Craig’s List. Friday last week, I got a call from her with three leads that were all in our price range. She even sent me the links.
On Sunday, we drove to Charleston to pick up a 1993 Ford Club Wagon with great body and interior condition for $3,500. It has a few mechanical issues, as a vehicle of that age would, but we should be able to get them repaired for under $500.
In short, thank you Danielle for being Kris Kringle to YWAM Myrtle Beach. You have served us selflessly with no current reward to yourself. We commend you for your diligence and humility. What you have done is truly in the spirit of giving. A very Merry Christmas to you.
The writer is development coordinator for Youth With A Mission Myrtle Beach.