Monday, December 12, 2011

A Christmas Story

I was reading the headlines on Yahoo this morning and saw this uplifting story of  good will towards men and what Christmas spirit is all about.

BROOKS, Alta. - A gold coin that was dropped into in a Salvation Army Christmas kettle in southern Alberta turns out to be worth a whole lot more than a loonie.
That's because the coin is solid gold.
The church says the coin was deposited into a kettle in Brooks, east of Calgary, last week.
It was wrapped in a $5 bill along with a note explaining it was worth $1,700.
There wasn't a name on the note.
The Salvation Army says they're shocked, and grateful, for the donation.

Now, that story is very different from what my husband's business partner experienced while taking his turn at ringing the Salvation Army bell this last week at Walmart in Lloydminster.

As he was ringing the bell a woman, who's cart was heaped with packages and bags, turned around with a disgusted look on her face and said, "You know, those bells are really annoying!"
To which he smoothly replied, "So is poverty."
The woman glared absolute daggers at him and continued on her way out of the store...probably to restock her overflowing pantry with more food for her family and wrap more presents to put under her tree. Great for her to be able to provide for her family. However, there are a lot of people who can't do the same for their families, and those like this lady would do well to remember that.
I was absolutely stunned at this tale of this woman's show of Christmas spirit. All I can say is Karma, Karma, Karma. And Merry Christmas to you also, lady.

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