WRAPPING UP 50 FOR $50
One family gave to a sightless person in a wheelchair who was buying gifts for their nieces and nephews who had been abandoned. Another simply chose a mother who was watching her children play in the mall playground area who had a calm demeanor about her in the middle of the Christmas hustle and what she referred to as the most pleasant and contented smile. Another couple stopped at a pay-by-the-week motel after they heard a family that lived there walked around a local neighborhood where the three young daughters offered to shovel driveways for $5.
I also heard from another friend who read the column and thought about it while shopping at a local store. She knew the clerk was working into her retirement years and had a disabled husband. She handed her some cash at the check-out line and simply wished her, “Merry Christmas.” As she described it for me, she only had a $20 bill, but the lady began shaking and crying and came out from behind the counter for a warm hug and kiss.
There were so many wonderful stories from people who took part in our goal of having 50 people hand out $50 this holiday season for no other reason than kindness. I have had people express a desire to do it again next year; some who participated this year and more who did not. We will see. I will probably make it and annual tradition for Kim and myself.
For whatever reason, we got a lot of joy not only from our own participation, but from all the good stories as well. I simply wish to thank everyone who participated. It was a rewarding and humbling experience for all of us.
There certainly is truth to that old adage that it is better to give than to receive. I also believe that good deeds probably do come back about tenfold to those who perform them.
I offer up my wishes for a Happy New Year to all of my friends and regular readers, most of whom I consider to be one and the same. If you ever want to share an anonymous holiday horror story, I am all ears and keyboard.
— Lindon Dodd is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org