The annual dinner would begin soon
as all were seated waiting for the speech to end.
Thomas knew well the plight of the black lady janitor Maria – her teenage son was suffering a complex ailment that needed surgery as soon as possible. It was obvious that she could not raise the sufficient fund as a single mother with her meagre income. He made up his mind at that spur of moment and wrote “Maria De Costa” on one piece of paper and slid it into the ballot box through a small opening. Thomas knew well his chance to help Maria winning the grand prize stood merely at odds of 1 over 300, but with a bit of luck, Maria could be a happier person. He then placed another piece of paper bearing his name into the other ballot box.
The most crucial moment arrived at the close of the merry making Christmas dinner and dance when it ended around midnight. The president was ushered to step onto the stage. He slowly slid his hand into the ballot box and promptly pick up a piece of paper after reshuffling the papers few times. He then read out loud through the public address: Maria De Costa is the winner of the Grand Cash Prize! Maria was shocked beyond belief as she stepped forward to collect her prize, a mocked cheque prepared before hand from the president. She was seen with tears rolling down her cheeks and heard wailing loudly and exclaiming that her son would be saved since she had the fund to pay for the surgery cost now.
Thomas Bellushi was taken aback. He was pleasantly surprised that his small effort in helping the janitor lady could materialised. He walked past the stage as the MC kept on announcing the names of the winners of the secondary prizes. He caught sight of the ballot box that was labelled Grand Cash Prize, which was then left aside at one corner of the stage without any body paying attention to it. Curiosity got the better of him as he plunged his hand into the ballot box and took out a bundle of the papers. He mind was thrown off immensely when he discovered the name “Maria De Costa” was written on all the small pieces of paper! Thomas was overcome with an urge of emotion outburst as he sat on the carpeted floor covering his face with his hands. He realised that there were real miracles during the Christmas festive season, but miracles would not come down to the earthy world out of the blues. They needed to be sought and created.
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names of characters changed.