Angels Among Us During The Holidays
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I woke up at 3pm to the cutest site! Littleblue and Oreo side by side watching over Mommy sleeping. They are indeed some amazing fur nurses aren't they? Of course the Hedgehog stuffed animal babies have arrived. All twelve of them. They were born we believe at 3:45pm, this is of course the time Littleblue decided to gather all her hedgehog stuffed animal puppies in a pile then placed them neatly on the couch. She is a very protective new Mommy! Heeheeheehee! Try to take one? FORGET IT! She might take your hand with it too, hahahaha! This is her third hedgehog litter and they usually grow large enough to be on their own again as stuffed animal hedgehogs in around two weeks.
I am still recovering from the ole Drano treatment with another one just around the corner. I finally also planned out the next week full of holiday activities hoping at least to accomplish half if not everything on the list. This evening I decided to make the traditional holiday goodies to take over to my Grandmothers tomorrow as well tidy up around the house. The more I keep moving after treatments the better off I will be and the less intestinal pain I will have to endure. At least I hope so this time around!
Once everything was finally finished I got situated on my couchbed and came across a story on CNN about a woman who is considered a holiday Angel to many in Michigan. The woman wishes to remain anonymous but I consider her a learning example for everyone! She recently lost her husband and wanted to perform the generous deeds in remembrance of him. She has paid off numerous lay away accounts at various Kmart stores for families who would otherwise not see a Christmas because they could not afford paying off their entire layaway. There were lay aways filled with clothes, toys, holiday decorations, etc. This woman took it upon herself to put joy in the hearts of many in honor of the love for her beloved husband. No one asked her to do it. No one asked her for money. No one asked her to think of anyone during this time of grieving in her own life. What she did for many families is something that we should all set an example by helping others in need and giving a little of ourselves during the holiday season and through out the year.
Indeed if God is passing out his wings tonight she will be first on his list! AMEN.
Bay Area residents join holiday effort to pay down Kmart layaway accounts
It began last week in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a single act of generosity: A woman reportedly paid off the Kmart layaway accounts of several strangers.
As word spread, the phenomenon gathered strength, flowing outward from the Midwest, fueled by news accounts and social media. And this week, the great layaway wave rolled into the Bay Area, inspiring benevolence from people trying to make the holiday season a little less burdensome for fellow citizens whose wallets are light.
"We tell them it was Santa Claus coming in to pay off their layaway," Pawlik said. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in an email Friday that he learned about the Kmart layaway campaign Thursday night. "I couldn't sleep last night thinking about it and wanted to help," said the man, who identified himself only as someone who lives and works in Silicon Valley. "I do not want publicity, only to encourage others to pay it forward."
Kmart hasn't tallied how many accounts have been paid down across the country, but the number appears to be safely in the dozens -- and perhaps much higher. A spokesman said the company can barely keep track as fresh stories of altruism pop up in states from Florida and Pennsylvania to Oregon and Arizona.
The benefactors generally ask to help families who are squirreling away items for young children. They often pay a portion of the balance, usually all but a few dollars or cents so the layaway order stays in the store's system.
The good Samaritans seem to be visiting mainly Kmart stores, though a Wal-Mart spokesman said a few of its stores in Missouri and Illinois have seen some layaway accounts paid off.
Kmart is one of the few large discount stores that offer layaway year-round. Under the program, customers can make purchases but let the store hold onto their merchandise as they pay it off slowly over several weeks.
Kmart representatives say they did nothing to instigate the secret Santa's or spread word of the generosity. "It's definitely in the season of giving," said spokesman Tom Aiello. "It's not something we're actively promoting, but we love that our customers are helping other customers."
Three people had stopped by the layaway desk at the Kmart on Delaware Street in San Mateo by 3:30 p.m. Friday to make payments for people they'd never met. One of them was a young woman named Mary, who waited in line for 20 minutes to pay an account down from roughly $270 to $20. Mary, who didn't give her last name, had already visited the store on Veterans Boulevard in Redwood City and plunked down $150, erasing two layaway accounts almost entirely.
"I'm pretty lucky, so I just want to pay it forward," said Mary, who works for a San Mateo software company.
Sam Chatfield, a supervisor at the San Mateo store, got choked up while recalling her conversation with a customer whose account had been sliced from several hundred dollars to a single penny.
"I told her that the Christmas angel had paid her layaway," Chatfield said. "She started crying. It made me start crying."
Later this evening as I finished watching one of the all time holiday classic movies I said to myself, "Indeed it is a Wonderful Life!"
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Updated: December 19, 2011 1:21 AM EST