Little Red Fire Truck


We really did not need money for Christmas.

It was 1979, my kids were small, and I was alone and broke. But I had a good God.

Some friends from back home in Virginia sent a box with a few toys in it. One of the toys was a nice red fire truck for my son.

It was a duplicate, since my son already had one.

Since there was no food in the house, I went to a charity food give away place.

We had a 4 hour wait to get food.

While waiting, I met an old grandmother and her grandson and got to know them.

Her grandson lived with her, and had no presents. They seemed to be alone.

When we finally finished, I told her about the extra fire truck I had, and got her address so I could bring it over to her.

When I got there, I gave it to her secretly so she could wrap it and surprise her grandson on Christmas morning.

It was a nice feeling to see how happy she was with that fire truck.

This seemed to set off a chain reaction.


My refrigerator was also broke at the time, so I stored my food in the snow outside.

A friend and I had planned to share Christmas dinner, and each would bring something.

The local radio was looking for needy families, and I wrote in and told them my refrigerator was broken. Then I forgot about it. With all the letters the radio station should have gotten, I did not expect any reaction to the letter.

Soon after, someone came to fix it. I was glad and grateful too, since the local dogs discovered my food hiding place in the snow.


The local church I attended gave me about 20 pounds of oranges they could not give away, so I came home with them, and wondered how long they would last, being fresh produce.

Since I could not possibly eat all the oranges, I start giving away the oranges to different people I knew.

Of course my friend got some oranges. They were really good ones.


So far, I had shared a little red fire truck, and some oranges, and what I had for Christmas dinner, and ended up getting my refrigerator fixed.


The next thing that happened is a church showed up at my door with food and presents. They were already wrapped, and the kids were so surprised.

My friend, in need herself, had told her church about me.
We put the presents around a decorated potted plant because there was no money for a Christmas tree.

The presents made the potted plant look really nice.


I then went to my church again, and they gave me 50 pounds of potatoes they could not give away.

I managed to get them all home, and start giving them away again, with a special prayer that God not send anything more to me.

I had my family, my friends, a fixed refrigerator, a kitchen full of food, and a “tree” with presents around it.


The Spirit of Christmas had visited my house, and I was blessed.

And it all started with a little red fire truck !!!!!


For those that are worried about money and things, share what you have, and it will come back to you.

For those that don’t share, nothing will make you happy.


God loves you,  and I do too.

Merry Christmas !!!


28 Responses to “Little Red Fire Truck”

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  2. How beautiful….I too was divorced and had five childen to raise…It was the best thing that ever happened to me….I began reading the bible to save my sanity from all the worry….I fell madly in love with the Bible…..And discovered a new life…..and became a new person…Eventually I remarried and have not had one single problem like I had previous….It has been a fantastic life….I am sure the Lord guided me exactly where He wants me…

  3. This is a beautiful story. Thanks, Marianne, and God bless you.

  4. Moving story M, how’s the health after the op?

    Sometimes the Lord will take His believers and those He is seeking down a lonely road or “testing” period so we can end up closer to Him.
    Sometimes one feels like God has deserted you, believe me, He is always there, His goal is that you trust Him in “everything,” from the mundane, the insignificant to the big problems in your life.
    When you are down or desperate, cry out to the Lord, sing a hymn, a Christmas carol, whatever you remember, whatever the Lord brings to your mind, even if you hum the words, God will fill the gaps, that is your greatest offer and worship to the Lord, it is how you honor Him the most and that is what He seeks, that you “worship Him.”

    God bless and have a blessed Christmas.

    • hi allan

      thanks for asking….I am a little better, still on pain medicine….it will be a few weeks. the best times of my life have been when it seemed like I was all alone and had nothing…this christmas, I remembered back to 1979, and the blessings it brought…so, even if I am alone again and injured due to surgery, I look forward to blessed moments.

  5. It has always been apparent to me that those who have the least are the ones who give the most. Those who think they have a lot try to hold on to what “little” they think they have. Those will little always seem to be willing to share what they do have. Even those with nothing always seem to give of their time to others.

    When we give to others it fills us up in ways that “things” never can. It is a beautiful spirit to be filled with. God bless, and I hope also that all went well with the surgery.

  6. Merry Christmas to you, Marianne! I too am pretty much “alone,” having resigned from my church because (1) they will not stop cleaning with toxic chemicals which would put me into a physical attack, and (2) they have embraced false politically correct doctrine. God seems to have forced me out of there right before the “Holidays”. So, being alone, but warm and with plenty of food, I am blessed with more time to talk to other Christians online. We have had another snow, which keeps me in the house a lot, since driving is dangerous on the ice, so I cannot see my family, but that is OK, more time to pray that they may accept Our Lord Jesus, even this Christmas! I know God works miracles, and I am praying for a salvation miracle for my immediate family and my late husband’s family. My husband was a Christian in a very large secular humanist family.
    Praying for many salvations this Christmas, including my son and his family.
    And be healed, Marianne.

  7. Awesome! I have that same “Little Red Fire Truck.” Every Christmas, despite the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus, I also regret the time, before being reborn, that I did not share with the needy at Christmas, It no longer comforted me to know that I did give during the year, but not in faith. Since being reborn, giving and sharing is a blessing that keeps on coming, just knowing that someone else feels the way I did, during hard times, when someone gave and shared with me. Today, I will bring that little red fire truck downstairs where I can see it and be grateful – and thankful to God for bringing me the comfort of this article and for bringing Marianne into this world, whose kindness, poignant insight, and love graces all of us. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

  8. What a lovely simple story. A timely reminder to me of what it really meant. A much needed reminder to me of the One who gave first, and have come to show the way to live so that lives are touched in little gestures of selfless sharing.

  9. Thank you for sharing this touching life experience with us Marianne. May God bless you and your family and I pray that you will have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!

  10. Hello
    I need ur Prayers…..

  11. Marianne – It has always been my experience that those who have the least are the first to give. It was true 2 years ago when this post was made, and continues to be true today. People who have so little are the first to stand up and volunteer, and would gladly give away half of what they have (sometimes close to nothing) to someone with worse circumstances.

    Earlier I had a “hunch” an “urge” to go to the person working outreach at our local senior center and hand her cash. Not a check donation, and nothing that would cause someone else having to wait for a decision by the board of directors. Direct cash direct to those in need.

    When I arrived at her office, I told her that I had this deep urge to help with immediate cash. I didn’t understand.” And I placed $500 on her desk. The staff person began to cry, but was able to respond with, “I do, I understand.” An elderly woman had recently contacted them as Social Security told her she had been over payed for so many months, therefore, for the next 3 months she would not be receiving any SS income. This staff person had been able to deal with the landlord so the woman would not be ousted from her home, and she was able to keep the utilities on. But the staff person was in a quandary, “How was she going to get any groceries to put in the fridge and cupboard for this woman?” The staff person was so desperate for this elder she cried out to God. In I walked.

    God can and does use little red fire engines, He uses us, to reach another person in need. We may not always understand in the moment, and sometimes we may never know why. Through faith and generous heart, we don’t need to hold onto stuff, be they material goods or currency. For me, the plate always comes back around.


    Another weirdly(?) awesome (pdf) article!
    Must read…won’t regret 🙂




    …By Mordecai and Catherine Uka Dike…

    ost people think that anyone who makes a prediction that manifests is a prophet, but this is not true. There are many magicians, astrologians, witchdoctors, occultists, shamans and African traditional healers who can accurately predict an event (Act16:16). There are certain qualities that are supposed to be seen in the life of a true prophet of God. Consider a few of these qualities…

    THE CALL: A prophet must receive his call and gifts from God, not anointed by another prophet or receive his gift by other spiritual means (Ephesians4:11).

    TRAINING: A prophet must be properly trained, experienced and mature in the word of God (1Timothy3:6)

    EVIDENCE OF THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT: Despite the accuracy of one’s prophecies or predictions, if that person does not have the character of Christ, if he is not bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control etc (Galatians5: 22). That person is not a true prophet of God (Mathew7:16, 20).

    HUMILITY: A prophet must be extremely humble, for the secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant (Psalm25:14). The fear of the LORD means to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth (Proverbs8:13). God cannot reveal his secret to a proud person! Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth. (Number12:3).

    ABILITY TO TEACH AND MAKE DISCIPLES: As mentioned earlier, a New testament Prophet must be an absolute preacher or a teacher of an accurate revelation of God. Jesus commanded every Christian to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. To teach the new disciples to obey all that He has commanded (Mathew28:19). One who only forecasts for people without rebuking the wicked and teaching repentance and salvation to sinners is not of Christ…Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiaah58:1)

    DOES NOT CONTRADICT THE WORD OF GOD: A t true prophet’s words will be in absolute harmony with the written words of God; for instance, a true prophet cannot proclaim peace to the wicked when the Lord has spoken through the prophets of old that there shall be no peace unto the wicked. The scripture reads…To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light in them (Isaiah8:20).

    GENUINE LOVE OF CHRIST: True love of Christ is what makes every true child of God, for The Lord has commanded us to love other people just as he loves us. He says when we do love other people exactly the same way He loves us means we are his true disciples (John13:34-35).If one performs miracles and prophecies accurately without fulfilling God’s commandment which is “to Love” as Jesus loves, he will still be known as a false prophet…Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in
    that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Mathew7:21-23).

    FEARLESSNESS: True prophets are fearless; they don’t compromise the word of God, but always willing to die for the truth (1kings22:10-51).

    NOT FAME SEEKERS: True Prophets don’t seek for popularity, but always seek for a deeper intimacy with God. Not a president or head high-ranking governmental official can bribe a prophet to make them compromise the word of the Lord. And they don’t advertise miracles (John7: 1-5).

    DOESN’T PROPHESY AT OWN WILL: A true prophet does not prophesy any time he wishes, or any time people consult him. A prophet prophesies only when the Holy Spirit moves him (2Peter1:20). You can’t pay a prophet and ask him to prophesy to you.

    NOT MONEY CONSCIOUS: A true prophet is not money conscious (Daniel 5:13-17, 2Kings5:14-19,1Timothy 3:3). He does not ask people for an offering before he prophesies, or asks people to “sow a seed” in order to claim their prophecies.

    DIRECTING PEOPLE TO CHRIST: Directly or indirectly, a true prophet does not receive praises or worship from People; instead, he will sincerely abase himself and allow the people to see Jesus Christ. A true prophet does not allow people to depend on him, he encourages people to inquire directly from Jesus Christ (John1:24-36). The purpose of the prophetic ministry is to help in bringing people to Jesus Christ. A prophet does not consider his assignment as a guiding ministry and with craftiness, uses it to replace the Holy Spirit.

    PRAYER: true prophets are intercessors; real spiritual watchmen who bear the burden of the saints and the nations of the earth in his heart…O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the LORD (Isaiah62:6).

    PREACHERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: Prophets are preachers of holiness and righteousness (2Peter2:5, Isaiah58:1). Not only do they preach holiness, they practice what they preach… These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with
    God (Genesis 6:9).

    NOT A MAN OF DIVERSE FAITH: A t rue prophet is a man of one faith; He believes and establishes his faith in Christ alone (John14:6). Any person who claims to be a true born again prophet of God, but still follows the teachings and practices other religions apart from Christ is an agent of darkness. One cannot claim to be a Christian and at the same time believe and practice Metaphysics, mysticism, spiritualism, shamanism, Amorc, Universalism, Islam, New Age movement, Hinduism, Mind Science, Gnosticism and so forth.

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