By LeaAnne Klentzman
Gallery Furniture’s Christmas Giving program brightened the lives of four little boys and their grandmother near Needville.
On November 12, 2011, Sapphira Kay Brown was killed by her husband at their near Needville home in front of her four sons. The boys range in age from 6 to 11 years old and now live with their grandmother Ms. Pearline Brown at her Needville home.
The plight of the family was brought to the attention of Gallery Furniture when retired county employee Barbara Dittfurth wrote a letter to Gallery asking that the boys and their grandmother be a part of their Christmas sharing program. “What those children saw and have had to live through just hurt my heart,” said Dittfurth. She said that when she saw a public service announcement for Gallery’s Christmas program she was moved to write the letter asking for help for this family.
Dittfurth, who until the night the furniture was delivered, had never even met the family, was overjoyed when she got the call that her letter and the family who weighed so heavy on her heart had been selected. Dittfurth, her husband Ervin, a Deputy Constable for Precinct 1, her daughter and granddaughter were all on hand to share in the surprise and blessing of the Brown family when their household of furniture was delivered.
As part of their community outreach Gallery Furniture selects 30 families across the Houston area to gift furniture for the Christmas season. Pearline Brown and her grandsons were one of those 30 recipients. Georgia Ann Spears, special events coordinator for Gallery Furniture, said “A house full of furniture attached with the spirit of Christmas may be all these children will need for the time being. We are sure Pearline will see to the well-being of those babies who did not deserve what life threw at them.”
Volunteers and Gallery Furniture personnel unloaded a huge truck packed with furniture and filled the Brown household the Tuesday before Christmas. After everything was delivered, Spears assembled the group into a circle for a prayer for the Brown family. The family also received toys and other gifts from the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and ABC Dental.