The Christmas Box Angel was dedicated on December 6th at 7pm. The event was well attended despite the soggy weather earlier in the day. Like a miracle, common to Christmas Box Angel events we are told, the rain stopped, the clouds dissipated and it was a beautiful dedication.
Richard Paul Evans, in an extraordinary demonstration of support interrupted his own 15 year attendance at the Salt Lake City Christmas Box Angel site and came to participate in this Christmas Box Angel donated on behalf Charlie and Braden Powell. Killed by their Father on February 5, 2012. Over 300 people braved the cold, damp conditions, to attend, including 20 children from the Firgrove Ward Primary, who provided the voices of Angels to the proceeding. Local dignitaries spoke briefly as did I, everyone keeping it very brief due to conditions. There were many in the audience who had lost loved ones and expressed their gratitude for this beautiful statue, and the peace they felt gazing on it.
The following morning as Judy I went to visit the site and double-check that the area had been cleaned up and was presentable. While we were there a young woman approached me and thanked us for putting up the memorial. She told us her daughter would have turned one today but she had died a few months earlier. She said the Christmas box angel and the dedication which she attended the night before had given her peace and hope. I told her that we would put her daughter’s name on one of the bricks at the site, if she would allow it and provide us the details. She asked how much it would cost? I told her that future requests would have a nominal cost, but that we would be sure her daughter’s name was added at no cost to her. Another man unrelated and unknown to the woman or us, had been there observing and reaching into his pocket, he pulled out his wallet and insisted he would pay for the name to be added. We told him it would be taken care of, but he insisted that we take the money to help pay any cost for her or for others. Grateful for his willingness to give to others, we accepted his donation and thanked him. There where at least 5 cars that drove by during our brief exchange each with people who had loved ones in the cemetery and wanted to see this beautiful new addition.
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