ST. GEORGE — “Christmas won’t be coming this year to the Edwards’ home.
Instead of receiving presents Christmas morning, the Edwards have opted to play the role of Santa themselves and deliver supplies and toys to a village in Guatemala. The family of six will be traveling to Guatemala to buy presents and bring them to a small village in-person Wednesday.
“They’re excited,” said father Sam Edwards of his children. “We’re literally putting pictures of the trip in their stockings and that’s all they’re getting. This Christmas we’re not getting, we’re just giving.”
Misha and Sam Edwards said they were inspired to use the money they would typically spend on presents for their four children, ranging in age from 5 to 13, for charity during a vacation in Guatemala in February. During their trip they said they were impressed by the kindness and humility of the people living in a village where they paid to have lunch in a family’s home.
When they saw a little girl struggling to push a broken tricycle with wooden wheels, they decided they wanted to give their children the opportunity to give their Christmas to someone else.
“She was entertaining herself and having fun, but in that moment my husband was like ‘We are going to bring our kids back here. Santa is not coming next year. Our kids are going to give everything away to these little kids,’ ” Misha Edwards said…”
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