A Christmas Ripple Effect
--by Jarhead, posted Dec 25, 2011
When I first got married, I told my wife that every year at Christmas, I love to give a gift to someone anonymously. I feel that's the true meaning of Christmas - it is about giving and not receiving.
My wife had a friend that she had grown close to over time. Well just before Christmas one year, she lost her job, She had very little by way of savings and no where to turn for help, and she has two young children. So I told my wife we need to help but we should do it anonymously.
We purchased a money order from a store and mailed it to her with no return address. We had a friend address so she wouldn't know the handwritting and it was mailed from a city outside of our area so the postmark was unknown.
Well 4 years later, also at Christmas time, my wife decided to tell her who the money was from when she did her friend just smiled and said from that Christmas on she has been helping others who are in need every Christmas.
It just goes to show you a little help can have a lot of ripples.