Families receive delivery of Christmas gifts from group of Santa’s helpers

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)-- Sowing With a Purpose Ministries organized a special Christmas for ten area families this year.

The organization is dedicated to what creator Amanda Winfield  explains is "sowing the seeds" to spread God's love.

"This is fun. Let me tell ya, I'm enjoying it," said Winfield.

And this Christmas Eve, as they have for the past four years, they wanted to help families who may not be able to afford Christmas presents.

WHNT News 19 was there when the group of volunteers surprised the Wortham family in Madison with carols and extra gifts.

"I didn't expect all this," said William Wortham, who was only expecting three gifts per child. He had gotten a message Winfield was coming, but he didn't know she would bring Santa and some helpers too.

"This really means a lot. I wasn't sure how Christmas was going to go this year," Wortham said.

The three children dug into the gifts-- after getting parents' and Santa's permission first of course. The Christmas magic was not lost on them. They smiled, jumped around, and sometimes exclaimed at the sight of each new gift.

"I'm completely overwhelmed," said Rebecca Wortham, their mother. "It's the spirit of Christmas. It's the spirit of giving... Believe in good."

The Worthams have had a tough year. One of their sons, Caleb, has been battling a rare auto immune disorder. WHNT News 19 has told you his story before.

Then, William lost his job and Rebecca needed surgery. As you can imagine, money was tight.

But with the bad comes the good. Rebecca says the surprise gifts are proof of that, but she has more.

She got to come home for Christmas from the hospital, and Caleb announced to those gathered around him while he opened the gifts that he's in remission. And if William hadn't lost his job, he wouldn't have been home to take care of her during her operation.

"It seems like everything that's negative this year, something really positive has come out of it," she said.

She gives her thanks to God, and the volunteers like Winfield who helped coordinate this Christmas.

"I would love for them to take away hope. Love. Salvation," said Winfield when WHNT News 19 spoke with her. "We give all the glory to God."

She shared with us a list of people to thank for helping them pull off the evening. It includes ADTRAN and Michelle Dryer for help with a toy drive, Rocket City Chiropractic for donations, The Harvest Church Women's Ministry Team and Jackie Barnes for wrapping gifts, Operation Stand Down for donations and volunteers, Stanlieo's Sub Shop for donations, Briana and Chris Trusdell for their hard work, and Mss A&M and her Angels for their assistance.

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