Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Christmas Gift For A Six Year Old

--by Brendan Moran, posted Nov 29, 2007

When I was 21 yrs old, I was dating a girl whose parent's friends were going through a divorce. They had a 6 year old daughter and unfortunately their separation was just before Christmas and we both knew how upset the little girl was. Her dad was not living in the house and wasn't planning on spending Christmas with them.

So my girlfriend and I wrote little notes like, "On the first day of Christmas, my secret Santa gave to me...." and put a gift each night on their porch for the little girl.  We started this about 2 weeks before Christmas.

Well into the first week, my girlfriend's parents heard that someone was leaving gifts on the porch for this little girl and wondering who it was. Of course....we didn't. :)

As we got closer to Christmas it was getting more difficult doing what we were doing without getting caught. On Christmas eve, we went and got a Christmas tree and decorated it. We placed it on the porch of the little girl and put presents around it.

We got a call the next day from the little girls mom who said that she figured out it was us, but the joy that we brought her little daughter during a trying time was fabulous. She told us that her daughter was very depressed but soon looking forward to what her secret santa was going to leave for her and soon forgot sadness about her dad not being home.

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Readers Comments

TXWildflower wrote: What a beautiful, caring and thoughtful thing y'all did for this little girl! I know she will always cherish the memories of her "secret santa". How inspiring! God bless!
MaryLynne wrote: What over-the-top understanding, thoughtfulness and inspired good deeds! That little girl will never forget this precious act of kindness. And you will never forget it either. Must have been a ton of fun! Joy for all!
Kerriann wrote: Of the panoply of website i've pored over this has the most vraecity.
TXWildflower wrote: What a wonderful thing to do for that little girl. I'm sure she will always remember her "secret santa".
jsmc10 wrote: Think is a beautiful compassionate idea :)
josietn wrote: You two embody the true spirit of christmas for that little girl. God bless you.
Autumn wrote: That was a truely touching story that is so inspirational!
olivia wrote: That was very nice for a person to do that for a little girl i hope god bleed them.
erinvictoria wrote: That is truly a christmas miracle. I can't think of a kinder thing to do at such a crucial time in that girl's life. Spectacular!
Aurelia wrote: What a wonderful idea. You both have such good hearts and i am so inspired and in awe of two young people doing such nice things to make a youngster's complicated life less stressful and more childlike. :) bless you. ~aurelia

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