There are so many magical things about Christmas. While the cookies and candy, decorations, and sparkling lights are all exciting, just ask any kid and they’ll say the presents are the best. Moms and dads scurry around to different stores and shop online to give their little ones everything they can. But sometimes, kids want to give back.
Thanks to a program at schools called “Santa’s Secret Shop,” they can do exactly that. There, kids roam from table to table filled with goodies. They can purchase items for their parents, siblings, and other family members. With everything so low-priced, children can buy all kinds of treasures to put under the tree.
Seniors from high school also attend the event to help out the younger kids.
Considering these children are elementary school-aged, they need help going through the process. That’s where seniors from the local high school step in. They work with groups of kids, guiding them to the tables, answering questions, and helping them sort through their money to pay for the items. It’s an incredible day for everyone.
One Santa’s Secret Shop had a very kind helper.
One volunteer sitting at a table noticed an athletic but very quiet senior working with the children. He was first paired with a little boy roughly five years of age. Together, they made their way to this particular volunteer’s table. The boy immediately spots something but it’s $2 and he only has $1 left in his envelope. Without saying a word, the senior whips out $1 from his wallet so the boy could complete his purchase.
Soon, the senior returns to the same table but with a different child.
As before, the volunteer sees the senior leading a little girl to the table. After looking at everything carefully, she spots several items that she wants to buy. That’s when the volunteer hears the girl ask the senior, “Can I get this,” to which he says “yes.” Again, he opens his wallet and hands the girl the money she needs.
There’s a pattern developing here.
Now, the senior brings another little girl to the same table. Just as with the other children, he opens his wallet and places money inside her envelope. That way, she can get what she wants without worrying about having enough cash. By this time, the volunteer’s curiosity is at an all-time high.
She decides to ask the senior a pointed question.
The volunteer looks up at the senior and politely asks, “Who is this kid to you? Do you know her?” She figured the kids he was helping had to be related to him in some way. Who else would dole out money just for the sake of it? But she didn’t get the response she expected.
He was completely taken off guard.
Quietly, the senior answers the volunteer’s question by saying, “No, I don’t know her.” That response wasn’t good enough. She then asks him, “So, you’re just helping all these kids? Just because?” Instead of saying anything, he merely shrugged his shoulders. Then he once again opens his wallet to help a child pay for an item.
Come to find out, this wasn’t just any senior. His name is Tim and he has a heart of gold. Throughout the afternoon at the Santa’s Secret Shop event, he gave money to one child after another. Before any of the kids could thank him for his kindness, he was gone. For Tim, it wasn’t about being recognized for doing a good deed… just doing it.
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