12.16.2011

Paying it Forward

Happy Friday everyone! I came across this amazing article today, and I just had to share it with you (if you haven't read it yet). Read about it here.

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Apparently there have been some anonymous people paying off layaway accounts at K-Mart. This is what Christmas is all about. 

"At Kmart stores across the country, Santa seems to be getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers' layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn't afford, especially toys and children's clothes set aside by impoverished parents.
Before she left the store Tuesday evening, the Indianapolis woman in her mid-40s had paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. On the way out, she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the cash register."
I actually wanted to cry after reading this, because in times like these, we often forget that we can all help each other in any way possible. It's so easy to turn away at the homeless people begging for money or people standing outside of grocery stores asking for donations, yet if we all did a bit more giving, the world would be a better place. This story was very humbling for me and has reminded me what Christmas symbolizes. It's not always about presents and gifts, it's the thought that counts.
I've always wanted to pay it forward yet I always seem to forget when I'm rushed in line and at the store. As another December goal, I'm going to pay it forward at Starbucks the next time I am there and hope that it inspires someone to pay it forward in return.


And because great minds think alike, my blogger friend Michelle over at Sense of Cents actually posted about the same article - check it out here!
Have you ever paid it forward? What did you buy and did you get to see the person's reaction when they found out you paid for them?

6 comments:

Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hahaha I literally just read this and made a post also!

Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Also, I want to do the same. Paying for someone's layaway is probably an amazing feeling.

Lisa said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

At least a couple of times a week, I pay the toll of the person behind me. A individual did this for me once, and it just made me smile :)
I enjoy doing it for others, its not much but I like to think that the other person is smiling.

Lisa said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i LITERALLY just read this article too and it gave me the serious warm and fuzzies!! i heart this :)!!! i've never done that before.. but i usually do the toys for tots during christmas but the layaway thing is so cool!

Daisy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow! That is so sweet and such a great idea. I hadn't even thought of that!

Holly said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Such an amazing story!!

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