Coen’s kindness helps open up Angel’s world
IT HAS taken the actions of a little boy to truly highlight the meaning of Christmas and bring a big smile to a young disabled Evans Head girl.
Six year old Coen Puglisi of Swan Bay had been learning about giving and caring at his school, St Joseph's Woodburn, but no-one realised how much he wanted to put it into practice until he asked his mum if he could give his computer away.
"I wanted to give away my computer because there's not enough people in the world that have enough Christmas presents," he said.
"I asked mum if I could put it on Facebook and sell it for free."
The Facebook post received nearly 90 likes.
"It was my proudest parenting moment," mother Melissa Morgan said.
She couldn't believe the wonderful comments the post received regarding Coen's generosity.
"You're a treasure, what a lovely thing to do," wrote Kellie McBeath.
"What a beautiful heart this boy has," wrote Wendy Rosedevine.
"What a beautiful, caring boy you have there Melissa," wrote Lisa Racz.
"All you normally hear, especially at this time of year is how many presents they want. He is one in a million and you should be one very proud Mumma!"
The computer went to 14 year old Angel Holdforth of Evans Head who has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). Angel'smother Leeanne Holdforth wrote to Ms Morgan to say her daughter would benefit by having the computer.
"She wrote about Angel, but said if there was someone more deserving then that was fine," Ms Morgan said.
Coen and his mum knew then that they were going to give the computer to Angel.
"Angel's legs are severely affected where there are no muscles and she can't bend them," Ms Holdforth said.
"She has only learnt to drink in the last year which is a miracle, and she is off peg-feeding."
Since Angel is unable to walk or even stand, Ms Holdforth said the computer - along with a spare television, Wii console and games that Coen's family also wanted to give Angel - has opened up her world.
"The Wii is entertainment and good for fine motor skills and helps her to follow instructions," she said.
"The computer is education as well as entertainment, and even though she has an ipad I couldn't afford to get all these items for her."
Ms Holdforth said she wanted to thank Coen and his family for the generous gesture.
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you is just not enough," she said.
"We feel blessed and it's a connection we have made that will continue."
Ms Holdforth said the two families have made new friendships with Coen and his sister Mia who are offering to come back and play games with Angel soon.
"Coen has even agreed to listen to Alicia Keyes music although he doesn't like it, but he knows that Angel loves listening to her," Ms Morgan said.