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Amid tragedy, family feels spirit of Christmas

December 18, 2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

For some 80 local children, it was what Christmastime is all about: Kindness, the spirit of giving and love.

But for the Galindo family, the Dec. 8 Rotary Christmas shopping spree held special meaning.

“My wife just passed away on the 8th of last month,” said Eric Galindo as Rotary Club members took children on their very own individual shopping sprees at the Apple Valley Super Target store.

“When we got word that the school (and Rotary) were going to help us out, it was a really, really, really big help,” Galindo said. “The kids were really excited to be here.”

Galindo, a father of six, had just recently received his contractors license and was hunting for work when his wife passed. The unexpected funeral expenses added to the shock and emotional loss for the family — and all but ruled out Christmas spending plans.

Apple Valley Rotary President Donald Tatera was choked up at the sight of it all.

“This is helping other families have a Christmas,” Tatera said. “There’s been a number of Rotary moments here today — a lot of heartfelt tears. It’s good knowing what we’re doing is helping people locally. Yes, it’s good nationally and internationally. But there’s need at home. This is important, taking care of people at home.”

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