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He Gave Her a Book

Elsie* was poor, a little fourth-grade girl-- It was clear she was underprivileged, as Her hair was unkempt, with never a curl, And her clothes were frequently unclean A local preacher came to her room and told Her a story that happened so very long ago; Gave her a book called the New Testament, It was like he had given her tablets of gold Treasuring that book, the only one she had, She read parts of it every day, just like he said, Until she found a special verse, John 3:16, And that small book changed her life forever. Elsie kept in her heart as much as she could Each day reading verses from her precious book, When she did not return for fifth grade I learned She died of cancer; her NT from her hands they took. This story is true, so many years ago When Gideons were allowed to hand One to each child in the fourth-grade class, so Then, something changed throughout our land. [*This is the true story of a little girl named Debbie who never made it to my fifth-grade class.] written May 15, 2021 for "He Gave Her a Book" Poetry Contest sponsored by Mystic Rose Rose

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Date: 6/12/2021 4:15:00 AM
A moving write, Milton, she got the greatest gift of all:) congratulations:)
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/12/2021 8:34:00 AM
Thank you, Jo. I glad you enjoyed Debbie's story.
Date: 6/11/2021 1:46:00 PM
A truly life changing book book Milt! You gave wings to a little angel and let her fly through the Word! Congratulations on your win. So memorable a story.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/11/2021 2:15:00 PM
Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comment, Sam. I really appreciated your read.
Date: 6/10/2021 1:07:00 PM
This is written from the pen of a man who has a tender heart. It's lovely, Milt, and congratulations on your fine winner.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/10/2021 1:57:00 PM
Thank you so much, Jenna. I would like to think that I have a kind heart. I am easily touched! Sometimes, I'm an easy touch!
Date: 6/10/2021 11:00:00 AM
Milton, beautiful, deep heartfelt poem. Congratulations on your win in Mystic Rose contest. Hugs Eve
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/10/2021 11:20:00 AM
Thank you so much, Eve. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem I wrote in remembrance of Debbie. Hugs back!
Date: 6/10/2021 9:35:00 AM
A Very moving story. Congratulations!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/10/2021 10:28:00 AM
Thanks so much, Chris. Congratulations to you!
Date: 6/10/2021 9:16:00 AM
Hi L. Milton, You penned such a moving and poignant story. The preacher brought hope to the girl’s life. The ending was sad yet told in a touching way. Congratulations on your win. It was well deserved. Have a great day:-) Alexis
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/10/2021 10:29:00 AM
Alexis, I taught in the early sixties. Began with second-grade and got promoted every year until I had a 5th and 6th grade class. I decided to retire! Those middle-schoolers give you gray hair!
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Alexis Y.
Date: 6/10/2021 9:42:00 AM
I didn't know you were a teacher. It’s nice of you to pay tribute to her in this way. Little Debbie lives on- Alexis
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/10/2021 9:19:00 AM
Thanks so much, Alexis. Read all the responses below to learn more about little Debbie.
Date: 6/10/2021 8:52:00 AM
You story touched my heart deeply Milton, it is a sad story but one of hope , that love can be imparted during a time such as this, and make such a difference in a child's life. Beautifully told, thank you for joining, and congrats. :)
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/10/2021 9:13:00 AM
Thanks, Mystic Rose Rose. I taught Debbie in the fourth grade and had no idea what a sick little girl she was. She has never left my mind, even after all these years. I'm glad I could memorialize her in a poem.
Date: 5/15/2021 10:25:00 PM
Very moving poem L Milton! Gideons are great!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 5/16/2021 8:44:00 AM
Thanks, Jennifer. I remembered the little girl very well.