I can’t begin to imagine how hard it would be to celebrate the holidays when in your heart all you want to do is cry. From my own experience when I am grieving all I want to do is sit alone in a dark room and cry. I didn’t want anyone to be around me, I didn’t want to listen to the TV or the radio. I just wanted to be left alone. Thank God I had family surrounding me that cared and wanted to make sure I didn’t lose myself into a dark world through my grief. They made me realize life goes on.

In my case I didn’t have other children at home that I was neglecting so I was only hurting myself. The point of all this is that when other children are involved you can’t just quit living. It is very important to show them they matter as well and you can’t deprive them of their life. Christmas and Thanksgiving is about family and love and celebrating. When you have a loved one missing or taken from you it is hard but you have to. You can’t forget the missing one or the one that is gone but you have to keep living for the others as well.

Haleigh’s family is kind of in this position in Satsuma Florida. The family is grieving for little Haleigh Cummings who has been missing since Feb. 10, 2009. The last one to see her as far as we know is her father’s ex-wife, Misty Croslin. Misty claims she woke up around 3 am to go to the bathroom and found her kitchen light on and a block holding the back door open. She ran to check on the kids and that is when she found Haleigh gone.

Haleigh’s father, Ron Cummings has since moved out of the mobile home the family lived in at the time and has moved in with his grandmother, Annette Sykes in Welaka in Putnam County. She has decided to decorate her home with the colorful Christmas lights even though she says the family is having a hard time this Thanksgiving.

“It’s really hard giving thanks when part of your heart and family is not here and you don’t know where they are,” she said with tears flowing from her eyes.

She says the family doesn’t really feel like decorating for the holidays this year but they think it is really important to do so for the sake of Haleigh’s little brother, Jr. “ If it weren’t for Junior we probably wouldn’t,” She goes on to say. “But he has to have some kind of normal life.”

At Grandma Sykes home there are red ribbons that have been tied around the trees that aren’t there for Christmas. They have been there for months in hopes of a little girl’s safe return. “Somebody’s got to know something and that person can come forward without being identified,” said Sykes.

They have the Christmas lights lining her home and banner in her front yard with Haleigh’s picture on it. In Pomona Park of Southern Putnam County at the Hill’s Hardware Store there is a sign out front that now says Happy Thanksgiving but below that he has “Pray for Haleigh” that has been there since February. John Woods, an employee that added the letters for Happy Thanksgiving said, “It’s real sad. I’m real sad because I just had a little baby girl. I’d be sad if my girl come up missing.”

I am going to ask this from everyone also. Please pray for little Haleigh. We don’t know who did this. None of us have the answer that we desperately want answered. We don’t know where Haleigh is. All we can do until that final piece of the puzzle is found is to continue to pray for her. I personally believe in miracles so I am praying for a miracle during this holiday season. God, please bring Haleigh home where she belongs!

Keep the prayers for the others and their families as well please. As Rodney Sheffield of Hill’s Hardware told First Coast News, “One more prayer may help.”

The list I have to pray for is as follows: Caylee Anthony (found dead), Adji Desir (remains missing), Haleigh Cummings (remains missing), Somer Thompson (found dead), Elizabeth Olten (found dead) , Masaraha Ross (remains missing), Alex Mercado (drowned) Rebecca Marie Allen (found alive), Sandra Cantu (found dead), Anthony Holland (found alive), Shaniya Davis (found dead), Hassani Campbell (remains missing), Giovanni Gonzalez (reported dead), Neveah Buchanen ( found dead) and Shannon Dedrick (found alive) and now Angel Miguel Perez (found safe). There are so many more too and I know I continue asking for everyone to pray for all of them but I refuse to give up.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Jan Barrett

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