A Real-Life Christmas Story

In honor of this week’s holiday festivities, allow me to share with you a personal story of something that happened two days ago, on Christmas Eve. You see, I work at a retail store some days as a cashier and one of my coworkers is effectively homeless; most of her paychecks go toward paying for her mother’s medication.

So on Christmas Eve, my coworker Wendy tells me that many of the employees would be chipping in some money to buy Christmas dinner for this girl. I gave a $10 bill. The higher-ups at human resources told us it might look suspicious to security if we handed over cash, so they recommended we use the money to buy Visa gift cards and give them to her. Before Wendy paid for the gift cards, she told me that we’d collected $194. As it turned out- and here’s the really freaky part- with the purchase fees on $175 worth of Visas, the total of the transaction came to EXACTLY $194!

Wendy gave our present to the girl privately, as it was (correctly) predicted that it would evoke an emotional reaction. I spoke to the girl later that day, and she said that she’s not a crier- but bawled when she received the Visas. She also said that in all her years of living in Oklahoma, no one had ever done anything that nice. So the moral of the story, folks: even a small act of kindness can mean the world to someone, and NOT just around the holidays. Keep the faith!

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