posted on Dec, 10 2016 @ 02:50 PM
There are so many ways to look at this!
So much negativity from people who don't look at all sides of it, or have never been there!
Someone laying away Christmas gifts, most likely isn't going to be going overboard & putting things away that they don't know how they will pay for
when they pick them up! They may have gotten good deals on things on Black Friday even.
They are probably scrimping on other bills & buying mac & cheese or ramen noodles hoping to be able to pay it off by the last pickup date.
People who use layaway probably can't get a credit card or don't want to run up debt. Anyone in really bad shape, probably already gets food stamps &
qualifies for the food bank. It's the working poor who fall through the cracks & don't qualify for any help, who struggle the most this time of year.
There are all kinds of programs for people who qualify for other aid. Toys for Tots, Winter Bundle Up, etc.
By having it paid for, they now will have some extra money for food or other necessities. Plus, so much stress is relieved, that it gives 197 people a
whole new outlook on Christmas!
It's the whole ripple effect!
Our kids were little in the 80's when so many people in our small manufacturing town were laid off at the same time. This would have been awesome! Do
kids still take things to school for show & tell after Christmas? Just kids talking about what Santa brought them can be heartbreaking for some kids.
I think this Secret Santa probably grew up in the 80's or had little kids then & knows how it feels!
It's all in the perspective! Just like that starfish story. You can't save them all, but you can make a difference for some!