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December 24, 2010

My Christmas gift to you:

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 3:40 pm

A maze of links, all telling one AMAZING story. Let’s see if I can make this intelligible.

I faithfully read the blog Get Rich Slowly because, in case you are late to the game (and I know I haven’t talked about it much lately), I’m a personal finance nut.  NUT, I tell you!  I read this stuff for FUN, to cheer me up!  But I digress.

So I was reading J. D.’s Christmas post and noticed a couple of comments pointing to another blog post, calling it a touching holiday tale.  At first, I wasn’t going to click over to it because, well, I’m busy, really, really busy with our consulting project (having lost this week to the horrid, horrid flu) and I don’t have time for touching holiday tales right now.  But I decided to have a quick look.

This post is what I found: it started out as a simple offer.  In a previous blog post, The Bloggess (I have never seen her blog before, and disclaimer, I can already tell that some of my friends will not appreciate certain other content at the site — but everyone with a heart will love the actual posts I’m linking to) offered 20 $30-gift cards to readers that were having a tough time making ends meet and couldn’t buy Christmas presents.  You’ll have to read the story to understand how it all unfolded, but in the end, almost 700 random donors got involved to give over $40,000.  The amazing part is how unplanned, unorganized, how spontaneous it all was.

I loved reading each update, seeing The Bloggess’ surprise at what was happening so unexpectedly.  But this part is what really got me:

I wish I could share all the emails from people who felt that this gave them the hope to get through the next year and the strength to keep looking for a job or a place to work because they now had faith that people cared.  There were even some who admitted later that they were considering suicide until this gave them hope.  Some of those people considering suicide? Were the donors.  Some felt isolated and depressed in the holiday season and being able to have someone somewhere count on them made them feel connected and less alone.

Heart. breaking. just. a. little.  But in a good way.

I hope you have found ways to make your holiday season truly meaningful.  I wish that for everyone and for myself, now and all year.

(And if that was altogether too many links to follow, you can also just go to the Washington Post blog for a summary.)



  1. Thank you for sharing this; I loved this story. My only regret was that I didn’t see it in time. I hope she does it again next year

    Comment by Emily T — December 24, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

  2. Wow — that totally made me cry. I love good-hearted people. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Jenn — December 25, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

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