The Lay-Away Lift at Christmas

There are lots of ways to “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

This is is one great way:

A similar random act of kindness happened at a Kmart in Indianapolis, where a young father wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots, stood in line at a layaway counter alongside three small children.

He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.

“She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,’” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”

Before she left the store Tuesday evening, the Indianapolis woman in her mid-40s had paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. On the way out, she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the cash register.

“She was doing it in the memory of her husband who had just died, and she said she wasn’t going to be able to spend it and wanted to make people happy with it,” Deppe said. The woman did not identify herself and only asked people to “remember Ben,” an apparent reference to her husband.

Deppe, who said she has worked in retail for 40 years, had never seen anything like it.

“It was like an angel fell out of the sky and appeared in our store,” she said.

The God of Second Chances gives us all a chance to do better.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • malo

    Elizabeth – thank you for this post. Through the providence of God, I read it at a moment when I needed to be pulled back and remember what Christmas should be about. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • EBL

    What a great thing to do for someone. It is moooooovalous.

  • wpdunn71901

    Shhhhhhhhh! can you hear the rustle of angel’s wings?

  • Ashley Henry

    What a wonderful story! Earlier today, my Mom called to ask what we all wanted for Christmas. I couldn’t think of anything for myself and told her I would call her back. After reading this, I told her to use the money to pay off a layaway at Kmart and write a letter about it to read at Christmas. She was so excited and asked me to do the same. Thanks for sharing!