Story via The Beaumont Enterprise
Nine-year-old Nole Enderle of Vidor embraced the spirit of Christmas by raising the funds to purchase 31 bicycles and scooters to donate to the police department's annual Blue Santa program. In addition to saving up money from birthdays and holidays, Nole also raised $1,000 selling bottle cap fishing lures that he made by hand.
That's why the 9-year-old from Vidor decided last winter that he wanted to buy Christmas gifts for kids who weren't as lucky, a decision that culminated in a donation of 22 bicycles, nine scooters, a skateboard and a three-wheeled "green machine" bike, to the Vidor Police Department's Blue Santa Program.
"Last Christmas, I saw what I got, and when I was looking at all my gifts, I was just thinking how the children that didn't have anything, that were struggling, I was thinking that they would be sad," he said.
"You're supposed to keep helping other people, because you really never what your condition will be. I mean, I could be really, really sick one day and need help," said Enderle, who has cerebral palsy.
"We always donate through the church, but he decided he wanted to do more this year," said his mom, Brigette Duplant. "So he did little odd jobs at our house and his grandparents' house up the road, and saved his allowance and birthday money and sold little fishing lures that he and his dad made to make extra money to buy bikes," she said.
He made $1,000 from selling the lures, which are made from bottle caps.
He bought the toys throughout the year, waiting for sales and deals at Walmart and Academy, and "it just added up," Duplant said.
The Blue Santa Program will provide Christmas gifts for 35 families with kids up to 12 who attend Vidor Independent School District, Sgt. Aleta Cappen said. This year, the department's officers identified the families to participate and collected wish lists from them.
"I think they're going to feel happy" when they see the gifts, Enderle said.
Cappen said that the department has received big donations from groups before but has never received such a large gift from one individual. "That was pretty amazing," she said.
Enderle was honored at a Nov. 8 Orange County Commissioners' Court meeting, when the commissioners voted to designate the day "Nole Enderle Day."
"He is an amazing young man with a big heart for giving," said County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton.
The Court, along with State Rep. Dade Phelan and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, decided to give Enderle gifts, including hunting gear, an airboat ride and a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol.
"It was a big surprise, they told us they wanted him to come and meet the congressman and the judge, but we didn't expect near what went on," Duplant said.
"I've never even heard of an airboat ride, I'm so lucky," Enderle said. "It really feels good to know that you're helping other people."
Babin gave Enderle a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and met with him on Veterans Day, according to Regional Director of Community Relations Lanie Brown.
"It's rare that we do (a certificate) for something like this, but what he (Enderle) did was something exceptional," Brown said. Babin "wanted to do something special for him," she said.
"The Bible says that you're supposed to help others when they help you," Enderle said. "I think if people would give as much as they could, the world would actually be a better place."
During a special-called meeting on November 21st, the Vidor City Council approved the nomination of Rod Carroll as Vidor's next Chief of Police. Carroll is scheduled to be sworn-in the first week of January.
Carroll comes to the City of Vidor from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office where he was the Assistant Deputy Chief and Public Information Officer.
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Students who won Facebook contests will introduce the artists, and the Vidor High School Pirate Players will be around to hand out some fabulous door prizes. Vidor Business Network members will be on hand as well.
It's going to be a great evening, and it's free and open to the public.
The City of Vidor sanitation department will pick up their normal routes on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. Please have your cans out no later than 6:00 a.m. With the exception of the sanitation department and police department, all other City of Vidor departments will be closed. Sanitation and Court payments may be placed in the appropriate drop box located in the rear parking lot of the City Hall Municipal Building. On behalf of the City of Vidor, Mayor Robert Viator, Jr. wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
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