Granting Christmas wishes

Family spent Christmas Eve and Day in the hospital

Mike Huber’s Christmas wish came true last year.

His son Issac was rushed to Ridge Meadows Hospital on Christmas Eve with what was thought to be appendicitis.

The family spent Christmas Eve and Day in the hospital, as tests were conducted and medications administered to relieve Issac’s pain in hope of avoiding surgery.

Hospital staff – doctors and nurses – not only helped avoid surgery, they got the family home in less than 48 hours.

But before that, Santa arrived at the hospital in morning of Dec. 25 with a special gift just for Issac, then 8: a stuffed animal named “Christmas.”

“This stuffy we will cherish for a life time as it symbolizes, what a great support system we have in Maple Ridge,” Huber said.

But the real gift for him was a healthy son.

Now Huber and his father, Dick Huber, and business partner, Julie Ramirez, want to make Christmas wishes come true for others.

The Huber realty team and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News are teaming up to grant three such wishes.

Just write your heartfelt Christmas wish on the entry form, along with your contact information, and drop them off at one of two locations. Three will be selected.

For Mike Huber, the idea originated last year while on a date with his wife, Shannon.

“We began talking about how lucky we are to work, live and play in our own backyard,” he said.

His family never takes for granted the people in their lives and the community they live in.

“We know many are not as fortunate on many levels as we are,” Huber said. “So the concept was a simple one: give back and pay life forward.”

• Drop off entries at Keller Williams Elite realty,  No. 555 – 20395 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, or the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, 22611 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. Deadline is Dec. 24. Winners will be announced on Jan. 2.