Brooke McKeon Miles-Prouten is a longtime Westporter, and proud Staples High School Class of 1996 grad.
Her babysitter, Leah Zilich, is a young 1st grade teacher at Fox Run Elementary School in Norwalk. Leah often provides snacks, supplies, even socks for her students.
This morning, Brooke posted this story — written by Leah — on Facebook. Sure, the Westport link is tenuous — but this holiday season is not the time to get all Grinchy. Just read it, enjoy it — and pay it forward.
A Christmas miracle occurred today!
A visit to Norwalk’s Connecticut Avenue Walmart in the morning is a daily routine in my life. Whether I’m getting snacks for my students, supplies for school, or just odds and ends, I am there when the doors open at 7 a.m.
The other day a man approached me, labeling me his favorite customer. Come to find out, he’s the general manager. We got to talking. I explained I am a teacher down the road.
He asked me if I needed any supplies for the school. I told him we always need supplies, but right now we need toys for kids who won’t have a single thing to open on Christmas. He told me to come back the next day. He’d see what he could do.
Of course I returned this morning. To my surprise this incredible man, Kelvin, donated $3,000 worth of toys and supplies to Fox Run! This Christmas is about to be very, very merry!
I’m ecstatic! Also, I cried in the middle of Walmart!
What an incredible human being. Thank you Walmart, and thank you Kelvin, for showing us the true meaning of Christmas. You have impacted these children’s lives immensely!