DRM's Father's Gift & Sharon's Christmas Tree

DRM's Father's Gift & Sharon's Christmas Tree

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 18, 2008

Here are two new stories about "giving" that we're collecting from readers and publishing this week. To find out more or submit your own >> click here.

From DRM:

When I was a kid, my family would go visit my mothers family during the summertime. On one of those trips, my dad and I were in a corner store as a woman begged the shopkeep to lend her the bread she wanted to feed her kids. My dad put the money on the store counter, and didn't say anything about it. I was stunned. People actually did good deeds without looking for recognition, but just to make a positive, though minor, impact onto the world...

It remains as a constant memory/inspiration to do what's right, in helping those that need assistance, without thinking about credit.

Happy Holidays,



From Sharon:

I'm a single mom and always have been. About 16 years ago, when my now 21-year-old daughter was five, we had an artificial Christmas tree that was obviously artificial. Better designs had come out since I had purchased it, probably 10 years earlier. I really wanted a new one and found one on sale at my local K-Mart for 25% off. Unfortunately, the store was out of that model, so I figured we'd be using our same old tree. The following week we were at another K-Mart and found the same tree on sale for 33% off, plus it was in stock, so we bought it! Now, what to do with our old tree? Surely someone needed a Christmas tree.

That Monday I called a local furniture bank to see if they'd want it, but they were closed on Mondays. So I tried again Tuesday. When I talked to the lady who answered, she was very silent for what seemed like a long time and then she told me that a family was just in looking for a Christmas tree; they had actually just left. They had just moved from very yucky housing to something a little nicer, but didn't have the money for a tree. The furniture bank didn't have a tree to give them until I called. The next day I took the tree to the furniture bank.

I can honestly say it was the best Christmas present I ever received.

Sharon C.

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