For the fifth year in a row Ruby’s Kitchen at Mason’s provided Christmas gifts for the children that live at Mason’s in Goodlettsville.
“We put up a tree with cards that had their names on it,” said longtime Ruby’s staff member, Becky Smith. “All of the cards were gone by the end of the day, so we put them up again.”
For Smith, watching the kids unwrap their gifts is a true reward and blessing.
“It’s so much fun to watch them,” she said. “They got here around 4 p.m. and they got done about 6 to 6:30 p.m. And we fed them chicken tenders and potato chips.”
Smith pointed out that some opened the gifts right away but most open their gifts at their home at Mason’s Motel on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
The 20 kids that received the gifts range in age from one-year-old up into the teens.
Masons Motel Manager Blaine Donelson is delighted by the efforts of Ruby’s restaurant staff to put up a tree full of cards that spreads Christmas cheer for many families that are facing hard times or rough patches.
“We have roughly 100 people here with around 25 to 30 kids, and it is such a joy to see them celebrating,” he said.
Donelson noted that the motel has clearly had a heart for the people that are served.
“We used to have Bible Study in the office here,” he said. “It started with First Baptist Church who have also provided school supplies and clothes. In the office we have a list of the kids with their shoe size, shirt size, and so on. With the cards on the tree, it’s like asking them what they would wish for.”
Smith pointed out that when current owner Aftab Siddiqui took over that when they started putting up a tree with cards that had their names on them.
Now in his fifth year of service, Siddiqui is delighted to see the kids so happy, hopeful and appreciative.
Smith loves the positive spirit of giving and encouragement that is inspired and imparted by coming together to make Christmas a true blessing for struggling families.
“So many helped with getting gifts or they gave us money to put toward purchasing the gifts,” said Smith, adding that she and longtime coworker Kathy Allen go shopping for the kids.
In fact, giving to kids uplifts the spirits and nurtures the hearts of the staff.
“We are so blessed to have so many people who truly enjoy doing do so much for the kids here,” she said.
The team acknowledged the help and support of nearby First Baptist Church along with Jesus Christ Uplifting Community Church for helping to make Christmas such a tremendous blessing for the children and their families.
“Each year, our mission is to make this a Christmas they will never forget,” Smith said.
For the staff and management, serving community is clearly a privilege and a priority.