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A special gift in 1957 lives on, in a generously shared dream

In 1957,Santa saw a special need for a special little boy, and went beyond the usual fruit and a small toy that year. The special gift that year - a train set now 54 years old - has grown with fulfilled dreams and new friendships, and the little boy grown beloved Adair County citizen, Billy Pickett, still shares it with anyone who would like to see it and appreciate it.
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By Julla Ann Pickett

On a cold Christmas morning 1957, Billy Pickett received a train from Santa.This gift was a special train because our Christmas usually consisted of a small item and fruit.


But Santa saw the need for something special. Billy being crippled at the time, spent many hours with the train and dreamed of where it could go and the things it could see...

Through the years he has started a collection of the things in his mind that the train would visit...now the train goes through a village, past the church and rounding the corner, there is the carnival, another love of Billy's.

As a young boy he became friends with the carnival owner's son, Bobby Myers, when the show visited the Adair County fair each year.

That friendship has lasted 50 years.

So it was only necessary to add the carnival to the train's dream. Billy shares this at Christmas with anyone who would like to see and appreciate it.

He loves to share his small boy's dream with other children. Dreams do come true for a small child and still does today.


This story was posted on 2011-12-14 08:28:10
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A 1957 special gift from Santa has grown through years



2011-12-14 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Julia Ann Pickett.
Billy Pickett received this train in 1957, a special gift from Santa, who thought conditions merited something beyond the family's usual fruit and a small toy. Over the years, the train has grown to represent his dreams of where the train could take him.

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