Your Christmas Feel-Good Story

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Maybe Santa Claus isn't dead after all.

There's a phenomenon that's occuring all around the good old U.S. of A. this Christmas season that's bound to warm up the cockles of even the most jaded of real estate agents' hearts.

Apparently anonymous people are going into Kmarts all over the country and paying off the balances on people's lay-away accounts. I wasn't even aware that some stores still had lay-away accounts, it seems like such an old fashioned concept, but I suppose some people need this program to squirrel money away to buy their kids gifts for Christmas.

Anyhow, certain angels among us have been going into Kmart stores and have been paying off the balances owed on strangers accounts. Read the Associated Press article here. It doesn't sound like it's an organized movement, it sounds like something that's happening spontaneously across the country.

Reading this article brightened up my day a little. It's nice to think that some people will be getting a break this year, probably a lot of younger parents who could really use one. It can't be easy trying to manage children's expectations in this overly commercial society at Christmas time, so I'm sure this time of year is very stressful for a lot of people. A few extra dollars this time of year could really make a huge difference to some families.

This sounds like a wonderful way to "pay it forward" and to help someone out. I'm glad I stumbled across this article, I'm feeling more Christmassy already.

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Malcolm,

It's a lot better than the occupy movement. Let's hope it makes some people happy at this time of year.

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December 16, 2011 10:29 PM
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Ellie McIntire
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I have no idea what lay away is, but the concept sound great. Pay it forward does seem to be the sentiment of the season.

December 16, 2011 10:36 PM
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Christine Smith
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Very cool! I had heard that Kmart had lay away or had revived it.  There really isn't one near me but this is a great pay it forward that could be applied elsewhere too.

December 17, 2011 08:42 AM
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Susan Emo
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Malcolm, not only did I not know that Lay-away still existed, I wasn't aware that K-mart still existed!!   Random acts of kindness will never go out of style.

December 17, 2011 08:48 PM
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I imagine the feeling of joy when a person finds out there acoount is paid for, and not knowing who paid for it... it is the type of activity that breeds generosity and caring for one another Malcolm.  Thanks for sharing...

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