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A Gift For Joey
At twilight on a frigid Christmas Eve in the year 1949, an emaciated, miserable young man stood on a street corner begging for money from passersby. His chattering teeth mimicked his trembling, ill-clad frame, but his questioning eyes held each return glance with unwavering expectation.
“Please, w-won't you give something?” the man implored, thrusting his hat out to each in turn. “My s-son Joey is four years old. I promised him a toy fire engine for Christmas, but I have no money.”
“A likely story!” spat a well-bundled middle-aged woman as she wagged an accusing finger. “I'm sick of you freeloaders at Christmastime! Don't you people have any shame, any self-respect?”