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Secret Santas Paying For Other’s Layaway Bills Bring Back The Spirit Of The Holiday Season

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Every once in a while, you read a story that makes you feel a little bit better about humanity.  On this site, I usually discuss politics and other “real world issues” but I’m taking a break from that today because this is a story that deserves mentioning.

An unidentified woman in Plainfield Township, Michigan decided to spread a little Christmas cheer by picking up the tab on the layaway balances of three random strangers (totaling about $500 in all) at the local K-Mart.  Her only requirement was that there toys in the orders.

It’s these kind of acts that I think don’t get enough attention.  We spend so much time watching the news and hearing and reading about all of the things that are going wrong in the world it’s important that we give props to those people who do random acts of kindness without any desire for recognition.

It turns out that the woman’s charity not only went unnoticed, it inspired others.

Shortly after the original Secret Santa picked up her layaway bills, another individual visited the Plainfield K-Mart and paid the tab on another 14 layaway orders.  The total cost – about $2,000.  The Michigan store now says that it has had layaway donations averaging about $150 to $300 a day since news broke of the Secret Santa’s good deeds.  The store is even fielding calls from other retail stores asking how to they’ve handled the payoff requests because they’re starting to see charitable requests as well.

And down in Reading, Pennsylvania comes the story of a Secret Santa who hands out $100 bills at random to people in stores, restaurants or on the street.  He provides no name.  He wants no recognition.  He just has a simple desire to take the blessings he has in his life and share them with others.

It’s nice to read the news for once and find a story about people helping out other people.  Try to watch the video and not be moved and inspired.

  1. December 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

    On a smaller scale my personal experience is different.

    On occasion, independent of holidays, I get a wild hair at the grocery checkout line and offer to pay the grocery tab for the person following me. The reaction is not race, gender, amount-of-purchase nor socio-economically biased… more often than not the offer is turned down!

    (No, I don’t look like a scumbag, pervert. lol!!!)

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Hey, you tried at least. You can’t control whether people choose to accept it or not.

  2. December 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I Love this post 🙂

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Me too. Everything about it.

  3. December 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    This is fantastic, thank you for sharing it.

    Also, thank you so much for visiting my blog today :). I hope you enjoyed what you found.

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      I certainly did. I’ll be checking in from time to time. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. December 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Reading this post really made me feel good 🙂
    Thanks for the like Dave.

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. December 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Great tale of holiday giving! I wish everyone felt compelled to be so giving!

    • December 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I agree. It’s a great story all around!

  6. December 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Great, great story!

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Definitely agree!

  7. December 13, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I love stories like these and have my own collection. I read some to my kids every year during December hoping they will imitate them when they grow up.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

      That’s a great idea. I hadn’t even thought of that. Mine are a little young now but that might be worth trying later.

  8. December 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Wow these are wonderful stories. You’re right that the news only follows the old “if it bleeds, it leads” edict – the worse the better. I have to take a break from it sometimes when it starts becoming overwhelming. Someone in our area put out a newspaper of only good news, like your Secret Santa stories. Positive things kids were doing, their achievements, people making positive changes in the counties, etc. and guess what? The paper went bankrupt in a year. No one wanted to advertise because even the freebies weren’t being picked up at local shops. Sad, isn’t it? Seems like sensationalism rules these days.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Really? That surprises me a little. Granted, I wouldn’t think that a paper like that would go gangbusters or anything but I’d think it would at least develop enough of a following to stay in business. You’re right. It is sad.

  9. December 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Nice story. Balances out those black Friday massacre tales. Thanks.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:32 am

      No kidding. I don’t think there are any “good” holiday shopping stories out there.

  10. December 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Dave. Thank you for recounting this story … random acts of kindness will change the world for the better and they are infectious! Last year, as a family (of 4) we went out for a quiet dinner prior to Christmas and went to pay our bill and a complete stranger had paid the tab already saying “Santa paid for dinner” … it blew us away it was such a blessing, and so incredibly humbling (in a good way) Acts of kidness with no strings attached, no ties … just because, God is good!

    • December 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Yes, people notice when there are no strings attached. With so many groups asking for something, when something is free it is so unusual that it makes an impression. There really should be more of this.

      • December 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

        Yes, the unprovoked giving stories are the best. Very good to hear.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

      I’ve been amazed at how many personal stories people have shared in response to this. It seems there are a lot of stories out there where someone in front of them in line picked up their bill or something like that. Makes you believe that maybe there’s more good in the world than we thought!

  11. December 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I love this story. Especially about the toys part. It is all about the kids isn’t is. A friend in Oregon only mentioned the other day that at the drivethru in Starbucks her coffee was paid for by the person ahead… small deeds make everyone feel good, and these people rarely want or ask for thanks. they are sinply being nice.
    I love feel good stories and wish the local/national papers would aim to put at least one happy article on the front page each day. I’m so sick of the bad only being broadcast.
    Also thanks for popping by my blog. Considering your name, I would not normally have come to check you out… but I like your style, so I will be back.
    Cheers Jen 🙂

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Awesome! Glad you came to visit!

      It’s so easy to do. Like your Starbucks story. It costs about $5 but it’s something that the person will remember for YEARS! In fact, I may go do that today!

  12. December 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    That is a great story. If you go back to story of St. Nicholas, you will see he was out helping the poor. That is where the whole Santa thing originated from. People seem to forget kindness at Christmas, which is ironic if you ask me.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

      The real story of St. Nick is great. The fact that Santa Claus was created by Coca Cola is a bit of a different beast. I agree though that the spirit of the original St. Nick should be recounted more often.

  13. December 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Great stories of Christmas spirit. It’s so nice to read things like this, especially when there are so many stories that indicate humanity is going downhill fast.

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. December 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post, we need to hear about the positive things people do for a change!
    Also thank you for stopping by my blog. .

    • December 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Likewise, thanks for visiting here.

  15. December 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    this is great post, I love reading it… 🙂

    • December 15, 2011 at 8:03 am

      It’s fun to read some happy stories for a change, huh?

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