Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A True Santa Who Changed Our Lives

--by TmMajo, posted Aug 1, 2007
Shortly after my divorce, I had to quit my management job and take a factory job so I could spend more time with my three kids. I was only making 1/5 of what I was and things were getting really tight.  But I have never asked anyone for anything; my pride wouldn't allow it.

I didn't really know how I was going to continue making ends meet. To make it worse, Christmas was coming up and I couldn't even afford a tree or any gifts for my children. I was behind on rent and the light bill was past due.

I don't know where it came from or from who, but one day when I returned home from work, I was totally amazed. I just started crying and I couldn't stop. 

Someone had delivered so much stuff to my house. Gifts for all three children. Clothes, School supplies, toys. Enough food to last a month, Shampoo, soap, laundry soap, and the list goes on. Not too mention, my rent had been paid. I don't know to this day who the kind person was. Or how anyone even knew how bad I was having it at the time. I never revealed to anyone, not even my closest friends.

I do know that since then I have picked myself up and things are going really great for me and my family.  That was 10 years ago. But every year since then I have my children pick things out for other children and we deliver them in the same fashion. ANONYMOUSLY. Even with two of my children grown and out on their own, they still follow the tradition.

That act of kindness changed my life forever and I will spend the rest of my life hoping to make a diiference in someone else and in sharing the kindness and love with a stranger.
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Amanda wrote: Thak you. As parents of five wonderful children we have been trying to establish a special family tradition for Christmas. We have visitied a local aged home for a couple of years just to deliver biscuits and say Merry Christmas. I think from now on the kids can each select a gift to deliver annonimously to someone in need.

Thanks for the inspiration.
pinkie wrote: this is such a great story! You've inspired me to try this next christmas or maybe just whenever somebody needs it!
Puppatina wrote: What a lovely story. Thank goodness we have this place to read stories that remind us of how wonderful people can be when they choose to be. Passing the tradition of service to your kids is a huge gift to the world. So thanks for the gift! And it's not even my birthday! ;-)
juliamb wrote: It's great to see that you kept working, even though you were making less money. So many would have went to the government. You were blessed because of your goodness, and have blessed others in return. You know the true meaning of life !
fatma wrote: Thanks for sharing the story dear :)

This person is great. I have a feeling that this person knows you very well. Maybe he/she works with you in the factory or maybe .......

Anyway, it was kind of him/her!

I love the random acts of kindness :)
Jaya wrote: Hi,

Nice to read your story.. it gives me an inspiration and an idea to help others.. i will also try to do it in the same fashion because i too believe that "Life's greatest happiness lies in giving and spreading happiness to others"

With Smiles
wamae wrote: Your story is full of encouragement for those in challenging moments like those,thants.
AlbanyKate wrote: I'm not religious, but I do believe in miracles. Sometimes, miracles happen when we need it the most, like in your case, and if we each pass it on, hopefully everyone will experience their very own "miracle".
jan2008 wrote: Wow! a truly wonderful and amazing story.
A guardian angel was looking out for you and your family. How kind of you to give in return and the tradition still going on. God bless.

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