Shirley Lingerfeldt worked in a cotton mill all her adult life. Now, at 77, she needs oxygen to help her breathe.
She has family who come by to cook for her and clean and help. She has hospice to help her live.
On Monday, Lingerfeldt received food, gifts and more from a bunch of people she has never met.
And a bag of fruit from a neighbor kid on a bicycle who just wanted to do something nice for somebody.
"Sure is nice of them all," Lingerfeldt said of these people who showed up at her door with full arms.
Christmas came up the concrete steps to Lingerfeldt's Clover home - and several other homes in communities served by Agape Hospice - as the agency handed out Christmas donations to families of hospice patients.
All of it came from a group in northwestern York County called Helping Hands of Lake Wylie. The group overcame two recent thefts of donated items to collect more - and give more - than ever before in 18 years of giving.
In September and again in October, heartless thieves smashed a lock and stole from a storage unit where Helping Hands kept donations.
But Ruth Sheets, who started the group so many years ago to give to individuals and hospices, found that the community that heard about the thefts stepped up even more.
"We always raise money for families to have a Christmas, but this year - wow!" said Sheets. "The great thing is the donations are from here, and all stays here with families who need it.
"And hospice families need it more than anybody."
After Agape social worker Shelley Price linked up with Helping Hands, Price picked out 14 families from Agape's client list who could use extra help this holiday season.
One family with a hospice patient had six young children. Others were on the verge of losing - or recently had lost - spouses and parents. Although hospices help with quality of life, that life for someone is almost always near the end.
Hospice normally brings people social workers, nursing assistants, aides, clergy and medical people. But on this Monday, hospice brought goods.
"The holidays can be so difficult when there is the added burden of health problems and dealing with care," said Price. "It is helping people any way we can help them."
By Sunday, the volunteers at Helping Hands had collected all the stuff and wrapped hundreds of toys for kids and grandkids and great-grandkids of patients.
They had collected food not just for Christmas dinner, but for months of dinners. They collected cleaning supplies and more.
And Monday, they delivered it all, from Lancaster to Chester, York to Fort Mill, Lake Wylie to Rock Hill.
And in Clover, at Shirley Lingerfeldt's house.
Her great-grandson, a toddler named Albert, will get toys and clothes - all of it wrapped up in holiday paper, with tags with his name on each - to open Christmas morning.
Toys from his great-grandmother, who loves him so.
Yet hospice was not alone delivering Monday in Clover. Just before the hospice delivery arrived, a 12-year-old kid on a bicycle rolled into the yard. Eric Spear had, in his backpack, a white paper sack filled with fruit and granola bars.
The men at his father's church, Clover Wesleyan Church, had collected for members at the church. Most people picked up the fruit Sunday at church, but Shirley Lingerfeldt with her oxygen tank, and her hospice needs, could not make it.
So Eric delivered. And then, with work left to do, Eric stayed. He helped carry in the hospice boxes and bags with Price and Pam Marion from Hospice.
The 12-year-old said he does not believe in Santa Claus, but he sure is a part of a belief in something good at this time of year that is heartfelt and universal. He showed it pedaling up on that bike and he showed it staying until the work was done.
"I just wanted to be nice to somebody," said Eric, and he sure was.
Shirley Lingerfeldt then piped in about Christmas, and believing.
She sat in a rocking chair on her porch, the oxygen tube running outside from a tank indoors to her nose, and she hugged a teddy bear in her arms that was brought to her house Monday.
She is a hospice patient and that means this Christmas might be her last Christmas. Her eyes shone in the sunlight and she hugged that bear, "like I have hugged babies all my life - my kids and my grands and now my great-grands."
"Sure I believe in Santa Claus," said Shirley Lingerfeldt. "Don't everybody? I know in my life, you have to believe in something - in the goodness of people out there in the world who help you, and the goodness of helping people all your life, as I have tried to do.
"Yes, Santa Claus is real. Sure as I am sittin' right here, Santa Claus just came to see me today."
Want to help?
To donate to Helping Hands of Lake Wylie, call Ruth Sheets at 704-458-3203.