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Letter: Paying it forward
My family and I would like to give a huge, loving thank you to the anonymous lady from Poth, who just arrived home from serving in Afghanistan and decided to pay off our Walmart layaway. I want her to know that her one kind act has been and continues to be paid forward.
After receiving the news of our layaway being paid off, my husband was so touched that he instructed me to go pay it forward. Later that evening, I took our 3-year-old daughter to Walmart and paid off the layaway charges for two others, with the request that they continue to pay it forward in honor of this lady who made it home safe and sound from Afghanistan and in honor of all men and women who have served our country.
While my daughter and I were in line, a lady asked my daughter what she was doing there so late. My daughter told her, “We are buying toys for kids who don’t have any!”
That lady was so touched by my daughter’s response that she said she would find a way to also pay it forward. The manager at Walmart was also so touched and inspired that she emailed Walmart’s corporate office to let others know about the contagious inspiration of kind acts being paid forward.
As my daughter and I left the store, she started to cry. I asked her what was wrong and her response astonished me and has inspired me to try to do more, as I hope it inspires others to pay it forward. My child’s response was, “I am just so sad, Mommy, that there are kids that have no toys and that we can’t buy them all toys!”
Again, I want to say thank you to this lady from Poth for her kind act that is touching more lives than she even realizes.
Thank you to all our military men and women, active and veterans, as well as their families and all the sacrifices they make for all of us.
Pay it forward and Merry CHRISTmas!
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