Oftentimes, throughout the year, we ignore the good deeds that are done in the world and opt to focus instead on all that is “wrong” with the world.
However, around the holidays, especially at Christmas we allow ourselves a moment to reflect on the selflessness of people rather than the selfishness that can be found in stories on most any newsstand or political website every other day of the year.
Maybe it’s the festive decorations and lights or the coming together of families that brings out the best in people but when it happens it makes headlines.
In November, one anonymous and generous giver blessed the lives of many at a Walmart in New York.
According to store management, a secret Santa paid off the entire layaway debt of Walmart shoppers in the amount of $50,000.
The gesture did not go unnoticed.
Payton McCormick, A Walmart spokesperson said:
“When customers quietly pay off others’ layaway items, we’re reminded how good people can be.” “We’re honored to be a small part of these random acts of kindness.”
A resident who lives nearby said, “At this time of the year and with everything that’s going on in the world I think it’s such a fantastic story to hear.”
While not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to spare $50,000, the amount that is given is perhaps less important than the gesture itself.
I can tell you from personal experience that just knowing you helped someone who may be having a hard time figuring out how to pay off their layaway so that their children can have a great Christmas will be one of the most rewarding Christmas gifts you can ever give to a stranger and yourself.
The positive impact for you and them will last a lifetime.
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