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12-24-2013 05:54 PM
erfunhouse We have a Christmas account that is not accessed by a debit card and we can only withdraw from Nov 29-Dec 19 so we do all our shopping (to get the last deduction in there) the 20-23 unless we use normal funds for a big present early on. All our purchases are made in cash.

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12-24-2013 05:27 PM
GSDolch I didn't start buying presents until this past weekend, I just finished up last night (at midnight because I decided this year I didn't want to wait until Christmas Eve this year! lol).

I don't use credit cards, so it was all cash last night. Although I did use my debit card over the weekend and not cash.

I think what you did was wonderful and hows how kind of a heart you have.
12-24-2013 05:01 PM
Stevenzachsmom You most definitely did NOT do something stupid. You did something amazing. I try to keep my credit card for emergencies. I do not own a debit card. I try to pay cash for everything. I was carrying around some extra cash for Christmas shopping. I was a late shopper this year - bad weather, my daughter's Dec. graduation. I have been behind. Some people just don't have the money until that last "before Christmas" pay check.

I seriously doubt your friend lied. Either way, this is my belief.....You gave nothing that was not needed. You didn't give cash. You gave gifts. You totally made someone's Christmas. Even when I stick a dollar in a collection bucket, I just trust it will get where it is supposed to. If it doesn't. I did my part. I won't lose sleep over it.

Someone once told me I was too honest, it would never get me anywhere. I like to believe that other people are honest too. I like to have faith in people and believe the best in them.

Big hugs and a Very Merry Christmas to you!
12-24-2013 04:53 PM
Daisy You didn't do anything stupid. You are a wonderful, caring person wanting to help someone.
12-24-2013 04:21 PM
LoveEcho
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LoveEcho - you sound like an amazing, caring person. I just hope this story is for real. Red flags for me are - the weekend before Christmas and you have bought nothing? I started buying things a little at a time since November. All cash? even though many people don't use credit cards, they use their debit so as to not have to carry cash. The child thinks Christmas is cancelled because mommy can't buy gifts? I thought Santa brought gifts when I was 5.

I liked llombardo's suggestion about bringing gifts to the police then you could verify that the report is real. Unfortunately I am in a business where I am lied to on an almost daily basis, just so you know where I am coming from.
In any case, you are a truly selfless, giving person. bless you.
Honestly, the same thought did cross my mind, briefly, but I like to think I know this person well enough to know that that's something she wouldn't pull :-\ I know a lot of people who leave shopping until the last moment- she works two jobs, so maybe that was why. I think he thought Christmas was cancelled because she was crying and upset- not because she couldn't buy him anything. I might have misunderstood the whole cash-only thing-but I do know several people who use cash instead of cards (my mom being one of them)...despite being warned of the obvious dangers of that. Maybe she meant her debit card wouldn't be replaced in time?

Blah, now I hope I didn't do something stupid.
12-24-2013 01:24 PM
Gretchen LoveEcho - you sound like an amazing, caring person. I just hope this story is for real. Red flags for me are - the weekend before Christmas and you have bought nothing? I started buying things a little at a time since November. All cash? even though many people don't use credit cards, they use their debit so as to not have to carry cash. The child thinks Christmas is cancelled because mommy can't buy gifts? I thought Santa brought gifts when I was 5.

I liked llombardo's suggestion about bringing gifts to the police then you could verify that the report is real. Unfortunately I am in a business where I am lied to on an almost daily basis, just so you know where I am coming from.
In any case, you are a truly selfless, giving person. bless you.
12-24-2013 10:55 AM
MyHans-someBoy
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So I managed to find a friend who by chance mentioned that she lived in the same apartment building!!! We teamed up and wrapped up some toys, grocery store gift cards, and a spa kit for her. The super agreed to put everything in her apartment (I'm sure this is the one time she won't mind her going in without notice, lol). She should be home from work shortly The excitement is killing me. This woman is probably the nicest, most giving person I've ever met, and handles everything with incredible grace.
What a nice thing to do. And you got to do it anonymously like you wanted.

I bet she will always remember this Christmas as one that started out bad, but ended up nicely due to the generosity of friends. The little boy still gets to have the magic of Santa for awhile longer. Hope you have a great Christmas yourself...


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12-24-2013 08:39 AM
Jelpy
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It was nothing major, just some little things She was very touched, and had no clue who would have done it, so yay. She doesn't like attention (and neither do the friend or I), so it was kind of a nice "secret Santa" moment. Thanks for the input guys! Merry Christmas.

May you get your kindness returned 100 times over.

Jelpy
12-24-2013 01:40 AM
Cheyanna That is so sweet. I am sure she is grateful. Merry Christmas!


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12-23-2013 11:35 PM
jocoyn What a wonderful ending! And anonymous, too! May you have a blessed Christmas. This will be one she holds dear in her heart for the rest of her life.
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