Of Good Deeds

17 Dec


The unexpected surprise

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This post is for Six Word Saturday and for Sidey’s Weekend Theme, A Christmas Story.  But before I start, let me write to last weekend’s theme, The Unexpected.

The Unexpected has happened – my blog has caught my bug.  Due to my cold, which is not as nasty as it could have been thanks, in large part, to the Hub’s liberal interpretation of my request for a hot toddy, my brain is a mass of nothingness.  So is my homepage.  If you are reading this via my homepage, you are not reading it.  No posts have appeared since Thursday’s The Name Game.  Just lots of white space where Christmas-themed writing ought to be.  The posts of Christmas passed.

I suspect that the WordPress prompters are having a little Christmas fun at my expense.  Hoist by my own petard.  To quote the Japanese 11th Century Warrior with an arrow through his neck in the badly dubbed and worst film I ever saw, Why me?  To quote the Hub, Why not me?

I’m talking to myself.  Bring me another hot toddy!


Layaway Now for Christmas


Love this Christmas story; don’t you?

Anonymous donors – note the plural; there are many – are paying off layaway accounts for people who can’t afford to redeem their goods.  From Yahoo! News:

At Kmart stores across the country, Santa seems to be getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents…

…The benefactors generally ask to help families who are squirreling away items for young children. They often pay a portion of the balance, usually all but a few dollars or cents so the layaway order stays in the store’s system.

The phenomenon seems to have begun in Michigan before spreading, Kmart executives said.

“It is honestly being driven by people wanting to do a good deed at this time of the year,” said Salima Yala, Kmart’s division vice president for layaway.

Read the whole story here.  It will warm the cockles of your Christmastressed heart.

30 Responses to “Of Good Deeds”

  1. Tinman December 17, 2011 at 13:21 #

    That’s an amazing story, and really lovely.

    I can see your homepage, and can read your post. Are you inside my computer?


    • Tilly Bud December 17, 2011 at 13:22 #

      Well that’s just weird.


    • Brenda December 17, 2011 at 22:59 #

      I LOVE this story of the Kmart layway buy offs – I wish I had thought of it! well. I wish I had that kind of money to think of it and do it — I think you know what I meant didn’t you?
      But I can see your posts just fine — but a hot toddy does sound good!


  2. Tinman December 17, 2011 at 13:28 #

    Sorry, you’re right. I came here through the link on Sidey’s blog and I can read this. I then tried via your logo on my desktop (see, you are inside my computer) and got all the whiteness.

    Is it snowing really hard in Stockport? Maybe you left your laptop open and it filled with snow.


  3. Inspiration to Dream December 17, 2011 at 13:58 #

    See Tilly – this post and the subsequent link just puts the biggest smile on my face because this is truly the spirit of Christmas.

    You’re right with the comment you left on my post – it’s a huge amount of work for one day of the year, but we keep doing it don’t we? My hubby says we’re skipping Christmas next year and going away, ironically tonight on TV was a movie called ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ which was the same idea – it didn’t work for them so good luck to hubby next year as well.

    Have a great week


    • Tilly Bud December 19, 2011 at 21:47 #

      I’ve tried the eating out and the going away thing; it’s never the same. Hard work, yes; but I love it 🙂


  4. speccy December 17, 2011 at 13:58 #

    great tale 🙂

    Tinman, thanks for the directions


  5. vivinfrance December 17, 2011 at 14:25 #

    Tilly, I came via Tinman as well – I’ve been having trouble coming here for a couple of days – sometimes I get in and sometimes I don’t. I like the story very much – if they had layaway in UK, maybe I could use something similar for Anne’s Fortune? Including the rather nasty follow-up story you linked. Hmmm.


    • Tilly Bud December 19, 2011 at 21:48 #

      Oo, yes; good idea. Perhaps you could adapt it in some way, like fending off the bailiffs?


  6. SidevieW December 17, 2011 at 14:30 #

    I also read it and thought it was wonderful


  7. vivinfrance December 17, 2011 at 14:32 #

    Hey! Are you cured? I just came back via the link in my sidebar. Yippee!


  8. Debbie December 17, 2011 at 15:37 #

    That story’s been with me since yesterday. So lovely to know there are good people out there.


  9. laurieanichols December 17, 2011 at 15:38 #

    I know nothing about computers but I haven’t had any trouble finding you and being entertained by your writing so I have nothing to complain about. I am glad that your hubby has been keeping you properly medicated during your malady. I hope that you feel 100% soon.


  10. Karen S. December 17, 2011 at 16:27 #

    Oh how wonderful, and having grown up in Michigan I can see that happening very easily…there are so many people living in that state with big, huge, gigantic hearts….and it is so important for all the many that also live there and have quite the struggle to just keep food on their tables…. hooray for mankind!


  11. Pseu December 17, 2011 at 17:33 #

    and I thought it was just me…

    I can access you via an email link, when I get notification of you post, but clicking on your header brings the white space phenomenon.

    Are you better?


    • Pseu December 17, 2011 at 17:39 #

      oh and the good deeds story is loverly!


  12. Elaine December 17, 2011 at 18:55 #

    I wondered what had happened to you, when you hadn’t posted anything yesterday (16th Dec). Perhaps WordPress should be taking a flu/cold remedy so that normal blogging service can be resumed.
    Nice good deeds story.


  13. Lorna's Voice December 17, 2011 at 21:34 #

    Great story about generosity. And the Wal-Mart lay-away story was wonderful, too! 😉


  14. bluebee December 18, 2011 at 00:08 #

    I needed an uplifting story today – thanks, Tilly.
    Hope those hot toddys (hot toddies?) do the trick 🙂


  15. ElizOF December 18, 2011 at 04:48 #

    Do reach out to support to fix the bug. This looks like your home page so maybe it’s been fixed since you posted this… 😦


  16. Susie Clevenger December 18, 2011 at 05:02 #

    What a wonderful thing to do…Now that’s the Christmas spirit!


  17. earlybird December 18, 2011 at 06:52 #

    I’m reassured it’s not just me. Hope you get it sorted. Sorry to hear about the cold. Take care.


  18. kateshrewsday December 18, 2011 at 08:56 #

    Ha! Found you through Facebook! You’ve been dicing with WordPress too long, Tilly. They hef vays of making you be nice to their prompters.


  19. nrhatch December 18, 2011 at 15:20 #

    I’m here. And I can see your post just fine. Do your glasses need adjusting? 😛


  20. SchmidleysScribbling December 18, 2011 at 19:09 #

    The answer is here//// Tilly was missing and i thought it was me. Catholic guilt kicking in again. PS I loved the K-Mart story.


  21. colonialist December 18, 2011 at 22:41 #

    Verily, it warmeth the heartles of one’s … er, no, perhaps that was a wrong tack.
    I wonder how the families come to learn that they only have a small amount left to pay on the items, though. I mean, imagine the tragedy of kids who don’t get their gifts because nobody realises it will only take a couple of dollars to release them!


  22. Tilly Bud December 19, 2011 at 21:52 #

    Thanks everyone for the get well wishes.

    I think the home page problem is sorted, everyone.

    Glad everyone enjoyed the KMart story 🙂


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