As the holidays approach, we are reminded that it is that time of the year where we find ourselves in the spirit of giving and spreading goodwill to all. One holiday movie that exemplifies this, is the story of George Bailey in the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Well, it seems West Palm Beach, Florida has it’s own George Bailey and like the lead character in the movie, his life has seen it’s fair share of challenges this year. Eddy Cebreco is a man who his friends describe as a “shirt off his back” kind of guy. Three times a year, Cebreco organizes toy drives for under privileged children in the West Palm area and finds his own joy in bringing smiles to the faces of the families that he helps.
This past fall, Cebreco was rear ended in a tragic car accident that left him hospitalized with the possibility of never walking again. It’s been sixty days since the accident and with the help of a cane, Eddy is back giving back to the community that he loves.
With no car and being slowed by a severe limp, Cebreco still managed to collect thousands of dollars of toys from his co-workers at Monroe’s of Palm Beach and others who came out for the holiday Toys for Tots drive in early December. Dozens turned out to support the cause and to throw their support to a man who has been there in the past for many of them.
In 2011, Cebreco returned home to West Palm to take care of his mother, who had fallen ill. Since that time, he has been collecting toys for The Children’s Healing Institute of Palm Beach with toy drives at Monroe’s of Palm Beach in May, July and December.
As Cebreco leaned on his cane with his family, friends and co-workers surrounding him at the event, it brought to mind the card George Bailey reads from his guardian angel at the end of the film. It says, ” No man is a failure who has friends.”