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There are only seven days left until Christmas. One week. If we had the ability to go back in time a couple of thousand years to the little town of Bethlehem, around this time of year, we’d likely see a scurry of people traveling to their hometowns to get their taxes paid in time. But if we were there a week later, we could witness the first Christmas miracle, the birth of Jesus.
These days, people seem to be a lot more cynical than they were even fifty years ago. When you Google “Christmas Miracles” most of the hits you get are from people sharing the Christmas miracles they experienced many years (if not decades) ago. Googling “Christmas Stories” yields numerous results of porch pirates and neighbors arguing over holiday lawn décor. If you Google “Secret Santa Stories,” the results border on nauseating because you will get a lot of hits with the word “horror” in them, as in Secret Santa horror stories!
So, we kept on searching. And searching. And we believe we finally found the best Christmas miracles, or Christmas stories, or Secret Santa stories the year has, so far, to offer. We hope these sweet stories will inspire you to share whatever you have with someone who may be less fortunate, and most of all, to remember the true meaning of Christmas…
A western Massachusetts Walmart was blessed by an 11-year old Secret Santa. The Santa, Brady Procon, wanted to help “a kid less fortunate” than himself have a great Christmas.
Brady selected a random layaway ticket totaling $327.27. When he read it, he said it was meant to be, considering what was in the order: an XBox, a Playstation, and dinosaur walkie talkies – all items meant for a kid.
Now that’s the kind of selflessness we love to read about at Christmas! Way to go, Brady!
In St. Clair Shores, MI, a Secret Santa dropped an extremely valuable coin into a Salvation Army red kettle last Wednesday.
The Salvation Army said the coin was a 1980 South African gold Krugerrand valued at approximately $1,300.
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit claims that since 2013, a Krugerrand has always been found in a red bucket, always around the same time frame, and always at the same location. Because of this, they believe the same mysterious benefactor has been generously helping them help others for the previous five years.
The most recent coin donation brings the total count to six coins that have an estimated value of nearly $7,400! The Salvation Army will sell the Krugerrand to a coin dealer, and the money received will be used to help many people and families, including helping children receive toys for Christmas.
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s 2018 Red Kettle Campaign goal is $8.2 million this year. This coin’s value goes a long way in helping them meet that goal.
Don’t you just love this sweet tradition of anonymous generosity?
Up in New York’s Long Island, a Secret Santa there surprised several local Walmart shoppers by paying all of the layaway items that the store had on file.
The benefactor wished to remain anonymous, and in honoring the generous person’s wishes, the store refused to publicize the total amount paid. However, they did say in a public statement, “When customers quietly pay off others’ layaway items, we’re reminded how good people can be. We’re honored to be a small part of these random acts of kindness.”
Wow! Are you feeling warm and fuzzy yet? By this generous soul blessing such a large number of shoppers, we’re sure a ripple effect has spread out the “Pay-It-Forward” feelings, and that much of Long Island will find a reason to be thankful this year.
A Secret Santa recently delivered a gift of $10,000 to a widower raising seven children by himself. The children are aged 1 through 16.
Dakota Nelson has been working three part-time jobs to make ends meet after his 38-year old wife of 17 years died in September. Prior to her death, she had been in a coma since July following a rapid onset illness in which her body turned septic.
The Secret Santa anonymously sent $2,000 in gift cards and an $8,000 check.
Since then, a GoFundMe account has been set up for the family and has raised more than $40,000.
Mr. Nelson wrote a thank you note to the anonymous Secret Santa which the East Idaho News published, and which, in part reads:
“It is hard to write this as I am at a total loss of words. There is no way for me to accurately convey how grateful we are for this kindness. As I was surprised with the gifts, I looked at my kids – who will remember this event forever as the best time they had in a hard time. Thank you for being an example to my family on how to look out for the needs of others. I have noticed that through this ordeal, we have been blessed to see kindness replace the pain of losing a loved one whom I had been married to for 17 years. My children have noted this and have stated that they want to do the same for others. I know no one makes it through life without some sort of event that is strenuous to the soul but I had not realized how much one can be happy even when the light is out and it is dark. Thank you for being that light.”
Wow! What a sad story with such an amazing and uplifting end! God bless the person or persons who instrumented this beautiful gift to this family.
Another Walmart, this time in Derby, Vermont, saw another Secret Santa who walked into the store on November 15 and picked up almost everyone’s tab — including the charges on layaway items for customers who weren’t even there.
One shopper approached the register with a delivery box, and a man asked her if she “was putting anything on layaway.” She said yes, but that she wasn’t done with her shopping yet. The man told her he’d wait until she was done and pay for everything. The shopper chuckled and thought the man was joking, but when she returned, the man was still there waiting for her. And when her account totaled $199, he used his card to pay. Another couple confirmed that the Secret Santa paid their $800 tab that day!
A store employee confirmed the anonymous shopper’s generosity, although Walmart officials declined to say how many people he helped or how much he spent.
Once again, we are humbled by the generosity of this kind stranger. Now, this is the kind of Christmas story we were searching for.
Another Secret Santa made the holiday season a little brighter for hundreds of shoppers near Philadelphia after paying off nearly $30,000 worth of layaways at the Kennett Square Walmart.
“Someone walked into the store and paid off every single item on layaway,” a Walmart spokesperson reported. Though many would like to thank the donor, Walmart says the Secret Santa wishes to remain anonymous.
Amazing! These incredible acts of kindness to strangers are nothing short of Christmas miracles.
If you’ve ever been in a position of financial hardship, especially around the holidays, you probably already know the feeling of hopelessness when you have to decide between paying the rent or having a Thanksgiving feast, or between keeping the electricity turned on or giving your kids a Christmas. Whether you’ve endured hard times or not, though, reading about these beautiful stories of kind-hearted strangers warms our hearts and shows us all the magic of the Christmas season, and hopefully, it will inspire those of us who can afford to give something to reach in our hearts and our pockets to help a stranger in need this year. That way, we can ALL be Secret Santas!