Earlier this week, like most mornings I sat quietly in my kitchen nook, sipping my morning coffee. I was scrolling through emails while mentally running through my list of unfinished Christmas shopping. I was just about finished with my coffee and was wrapping up my emails when I came across one that Tyler had forwarded on to me. I clicked the email open, and there on the screen was an inspiring and touching story from a close friend of ours. His message was so inspirational to us that I felt guided to share it with you.
“The last few years I‘ve gotten into doing something that has made Christmas feel like Christmas.” – Craig Wiseman
Walmart has a holiday layaway system in place that allows families to pay for Christmas gifts a little bit at a time. Though this is a wonderful system, sadly, many families are unable to fulfill the payments in time for Christmas.
That’s where the Good Samaritan or Christmas Angel comes in.
Each Christmas, Craig and his wife KK would call or make their way to the local Walmart and head straight for the layaway counter. One-by-one they begin fulfilling the payments of gifts that are not yet complete.
“I told her I was interested in mainly toys and family layaways and asked if she would mind going through them and I’d pay them. And so it began.
She would say, ‘here’s one for Barbie dolls and board games etc….. Looks like they only made one payment, don’t think they are gonna make it. 154 dollars outstanding’
Boom! Gave her my credit card info and we were off!
4 bicycles, 123 bucks……. Girls and boys clothes and dolls, 228 bucks, One princess dress, 36 bucks……
I think I did about 15 that day.” – Craig
At this point in reading through the email, I had tears in my eyes. Tyler and I knew what we would be doing that evening. Craig and his wife weren’t looking for a “thank you”, or for someone to shower them with praise for this kind act. They simply did this for the true meaning of Christmas.