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Random Act of Kindness Makes Young Boys Christmas Special

Updated on August 30, 2016
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It was the Saturday before Christmas, and you could feel the excitement in the air. The tree was up with beautiful angels nestled upon its bows. A new quilted skirt of snowmen had been placed around the bottom of the trunk covering the stand. Brilliant strands of twinkling white lights were aglow. Bing Crosby singing White Christmas was playing on the radio.

I’d just taken my last batch of shortbread cookies out of the oven to cool, when my youngest son came bounding down the stairs. Full of pride and anticipation he commenced to tell me he had finished his chores, and would like his allowance. He had worked hard and diligently that week in order to earn some extra money for Christmas shopping. After handing him twenty dollars he asked if I would have the time to drive him to Beaver Lumber today, as he had one gift left to buy, that was for his father. He wanted to get him something special that he could use at work, and had a specific item in mind. I had a few items that I needed to pick up that day and told him to go and get his brothers and we would head to the store.

My three sons and I piled into car to venture out on this busy shopping day. Snow was falling heavily causing traffic to move along slowly. When we arrived at our destination my youngest son wanted to go into the store alone, and made this quite clear to us. He was determined to pick out the gift for his father, without help from his brothers or myself. The parking lot was busy so I told him to be careful and watch out for cars.

The three of us sat waiting for Garth to make his purchase and return to the car. The snow was starting to get pretty heavy, and I still needed to make a few stops before going home. Forty-five minutes had passed and everyone’s patience was wearing thin. I asked one of my twins to go into the store to see what was taking so long, while I dusted the snow off the car.

Getting back into the car and starting it to warm up, Matt and I see both boys coming out of the store. In his hand, Garth is toting a huge yellow bucket, and has a very big smile on his face. “Mom, Mom,” Garth says with excitement. “You’re not going to believe what just happened in the store.”

“You sure look happy, what happened, and what have you got there?” I asked him.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to have enough money to pay for this really cool work bucket and tool belt that I got for Dad, so I took the stuff up to the cash register lineup to check. It turned out that I was ten dollars short. There was this man who got his stuff ahead of me, and as he was leaving he heard the cashier tell me that I was short by ten dollars.”

Garth’s brother Allan interrupts, “I thought Garth was going to start crying when the cashier told him he was short ten dollars. Garth starts telling the cashier that it’s a gift for his Dad. The man ahead of Garth hands him a ten dollar bill, says Merry Christmas son, I am sure your dad will love this gift. Then he leaves the store.”

Garth jumps back into the conversation. “Mom, I told the man that it was alright and tried to hand him his money back, but he said he wouldn't take it. I said thank you to him as he walked away. Wasn’t that so nice of him, it really surprised me. He didn't even know me!”

I had Garth and Allan look around as we were driving out of the parking lot to see if they could see this kind and generous man, but he was nowhere in sight.

This was an act of kindness that Garth and the rest of my family will always remember.



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      Susan Zutautas 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

      Lovely and heartwarming to see this again. May your work to share the incident inspire others!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      TreasuresBrenda, It sure did :) Happy New Year!

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Lovely story! What probably was not a big deal to the man was a very big deal and left a lasting impression on your young family.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I bet a picture from your balcony would be equally beautiful in the fall.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Rachel, I took the picture off my bedroom balcony one year.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      What a lovely story, and the picture is beautiful. Something from a post card. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for coming back Audrey and letting me know.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thought I would come back and read this--just beautiful Susan!!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Thelma, So glad that you enjoyed my story.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What a wonderful story to tell! It always makes me happy to hear that there are still kind people around us.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      CraftytotheCore, Thanks so much for reading, it's always so nice to see you.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I love it when that happens. Thanks for sharing this incredibly sweet story.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy, Oh I could name quite a few myself too :) Thanks so much. I have a board on Pinterest called Random Acts of Kindness that I just invited you to pin to if you'd ever like to do so.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Alicia!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      **Also pinned---the 'edit comment' function was not working...

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a wonderful story. The world needs more people like that, and fewer focused on their own selfish wants (... I could name several politicians and CEOs...).

      Thank you for sharing this insprational tale! Voted up, beautiful, awesome and shared!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful story, Susan! What a lovely act of kindness from a stranger. It's an inspiration for all of us.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Hi Susan, I couldn't seem to find a way to send you a message, so I'm leaving you a comment here...I just put my random act of kindness story (which you inspired me to write) online, so if you go to my main hubpage, it's the second one in rotation at the top in my "In The Spotlight" hubs.

      Thanks again for your inspiration!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Glad to see this again and to help highlight the wonderful event that your boys experienced thanks to the kindness of a stranger. On Pinterest now so am pinning to my Leadership/Character/Heroes… board.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Diana, So nice to see here :) Garth is pretty special and I love him so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LongTimeMother,

      Dee,

      Easylearningweb,

      Thank you all for reading and for all your comments.

      Dee, Garth will be 21 this month, and yes he still remembers this.

      Easylearningweb, I'll be looking for your story and so happy that mine inspired you to write about your story.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      torrilynn

      Shryon

      Karen, Yeppers good ole Beaver Lumber :) I think it's been bought out or renamed to Home Hardware since I first wrote this story..

      Thanks so much for reading and for the comments.

      good ole beaver lumber :)

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      Diana 3 years ago

      Stories like this fill me with joy. I want to be just like the boy and the man in this story.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dianna, Phyllis, and Moonlake, Thank you all so much for reading and for all the lovely comments.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Oh wow, what a wonderful story to share, especially around Christmas! My eyes are filling up with tears as I write this. What a touching, beloved story, and yes, I agree that man is a living angel. I wonder if he knows how many lives he touched with his random act of kindness.

      This reminds me of a random act of kindness I experienced in my past on a snowy day when my kids were little. You have inspired me to create a hubpage for my story. I'm gonna go get busy and write my hubpage now, so hope we cross paths online again and share more of our stories to inspire others to also share.

      Happiness to you,

      Easylearningweb

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      Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

      I don't know how old you son is now, but as long as his lives he will always remember that Christmas , and a man who through an act of kind generousity, made it all very special. Wonderfully, amazing story. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      lol. Great hub, Susan. It was timely that it showed up in my feed today. I made up the difference for a young lad embarrassed by not having enough money this morning. Perhaps he'll go on to be as honest and helpful as your son. That would be nice. :)

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Is there anything better than random acts of kindness? Beaver lumber you say, EH? lol

      Adorable story, Susan. Glad i caught it on the feed!

      Have a great holiday season (ANOTHER great holiday season, i should say!)

      sharingxx

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Susan, I like RAKs, but most acts of kindness are random. This is a heart warming story.

      Voted up U/A/B/I, and shared.

      Shyron

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Oh wow that was amazing. There are still some really great people out there in the world. Voted up.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      What a nice story and what a nice thing the man did for your son. There are good people out there. Voted up.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Susan, this hub is awesome and touches my heart -- thank you for sharing this very special story. It is proof that there are still kind people, and Christmas Angels, out there. Such a lovely, uplifting day for your son, and all of you.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is the true Christmas spirit. I love that your son learned the lesson of random acts of kindness so young. He will spread this love onwards. Hugs!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Debbie and Vicki, Thank you both and Happy New Year.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's precious. I love reading stories like this--that are real life stories!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Susan I bet that man was an Angel from God.. isn't that wonderful;? what a wonderful hub..

      I am sharing

      Happy New year

      Debbie

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi KKG, Yes and one he'll always remember. Thanks so much and you have a wonderful holiday too.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a wonderful gift that man gave to your son. It just goes to show you that some people think with their hearts. Wonderful story. Have a wonderful holiday.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Eddy, Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed this story about my son. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a beautiful story Susan.I loved it and isn't it so heartwarming to hear that there is still generosity in this world.I vote across/up and share this true gem.

      Have a wonderful day .

      Eddy.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Janis, Glad that you liked the story. It was one of my favorite memories to write about.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, Yes a Christmas Angel for sure. Glad you liked this story. It was such a special day for all of us.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Karen, Thanks so much and glad this put you in a festive mood.

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      Janis Goad 4 years ago

      I bet somebody helped that man when he was a child, and he never forgot it. He is paying it forward, and look what a random act of kindness means to a child who is expressing his unconditional love for his father.

      I really, really like this story, Susan. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      He was a Christmas Angel. I love hearing about angels. Thanks so much. It's a very dear story. Please tell your son that someone you know believes it was an angel because he is so special.

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      Karen Creftor 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      What a beautiful story! A similar thing happened to me once and I never forgot it, so I always try to be that person too to pass it on :)

      Aww I feel really festive now :P I might have to put some Christmas music on hehe.

      Voted up, awesome and shared xxxx

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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      & Wilderness, Thank you all for reading and for your comments.

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      A beautiful Christmas tale, and one that both you and your family will remember for years. That man left a mark, didn't he? Would that more of us were willing to go that little extra and leave someone with a happy memory.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      I love stories like this. My husband is the kind of guy who would do that. It's one of the reasons I love and admire him so much.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      That's a lovely story - restores faith in humanity. Will be sharing this for sure.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      We are our brothers' keeper--lovely write Susan -touching and heart -warming as we start the seasons an-----

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frog Prince, Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed this.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Great Hub and writing Susan.

      The Frog

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Zac, Thank you so much for your comments and for reminding me to go and check to see when It's A Wonderful life is on.

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      Zac828 5 years ago from England

      That is such a lovely story, I love things like that at this time of year, it shows us that regardless of everything else, we are all human and all have a heart. Now I want to watch It's A Wonderful Life!! x

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      rebecca, Thank you, glad you liked it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very cool story. And kids will model the behaviors they encounter.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Thank you.

      RTalloni, Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

      mljdgulley, Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      I should have framed my comment in the specific context of this being a true account of the incident! Thanks again for sharing it with us! Hope to see it highlighted many times over!

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      This is truly a wonderful story. I am so glad it is true.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      What a precious Christmas story! It makes me want to go to a store and help a child buy a gift for a parent! I have a feeling that Garth will grow up to "pay it forward!" What fine young men you have raised to have good presence of mind and be so polite in such a situation! Thank you for sharing this story--tell your boys, "Merry Christmas!" for us! :)

      Voted up!!! I'm going to go through the comments now.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      What a refreshing short.. yep... had to go up and awesome :)

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      Lilly May Rose 5 years ago from Australia

      Nice to meet you too. Loved it. : )

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Little Light, Nice to meet you and glad you enjoyed my story. There are angels among us.

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      Lilly May Rose 5 years ago from Australia

      I just adore this story... It is beautifully written and just makes me realise the power of such a small act of kindness. Sometimes we forget just how easy it is to show love to others. I too believe angels walk among us, and I also like to think that we can be angel in the life of another.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      CloudExplorer, Thank you. There is no better joy than the "Gift of Giving".

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Such a beautiful truthful life experience during a wonderful time of the year, I to have had similar experiences of this kind gesture the man rendered to the young person in your hub.

      I kindly repaid these kinds of gestures done for me in differing ways all throughout my experiences as an adult year after year.

      There's nothing like the gift of giving from the heart & without regard to receiving anything back in return. One time I gave a complete stranger $300.00, now that was really extreme, but they needed it much more than I did at the time.

      Voted up as beautiful & Awesome & thanks for adding me to your G+ location Susan, that's how I found this awesome hub. Your new Budd, Cloud Explorer....

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sharyn, Thank you I am so glad that you liked it.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan,

      I wonder if the kind gentleman has any idea how many lives he has touched? Great story!

      Sharyn

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How nice to know there is still goodness in the world and especially to children. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Shadesbreath, There are still good people out there. Thank you, glad you liked it.

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      Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

      See, there are still good people out there, despite what the 24-7 news cycle and the general cynicism of the media would have us believe.

      Nice story, nicely told.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      jfay, What a nice guy!

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      jfay2011 5 years ago

      that's really nice when people do that. A guy I dated once paid for a guy's meal who was a head of us at check out. His credit card wasn't working.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peg, Thank you, makes me happy that you liked it.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Simply beautiful Susan. That was a story well worth sharing. I loved it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Teresa, Thank you for stopping by and for commenting.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Stories like this brng back faith in man-kind. What a beautiful experience for your family at Christmas and especially for your young son. Susan, this was a very inspirational story. Thanks for the read.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Genna, So nice to see you. Thank you so much.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful story, Susan. I only wish more people had this generous and understanding spirit of the heart in their daily lives. When I read about the indifferences of people the news, I feel like taking heart-warming stories such as this and sending it to them!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Sue, Thank you. Yes he sure did.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful story.

      This kind stranger had the true spirit of Christmas in his heart.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      resspenser, Glad you liked it. Thank you.

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      Ronnie Sowell 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Neat story and well written. I'll be back!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      WannaB, I do hope he does. Thanks for the comments and glad you liked the story.

      Keith, The little things can brighten up ones day.

      Ania, Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's so good to know there are still people like this man living out there. It makes me feel that not everything is lost. Great story, thank you.

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      Keith Matyi 5 years ago from Denton, TX

      The little things in life mean a lot!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      What a great Christmas story! I agree this will leave an impression on your son's soul. I imagine he might return the favor to some other young boy when he's a bit older.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jane, Sorry to make you teary eyed. Thanks for reading.

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      Jane@CM 5 years ago

      Okay that made me teary eyed! What a great moment for your son!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, Thanks and he has a few times now.

      viking, It sure is.

      Ruby, Always glad to brighten your day :) Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Lovely story Susan. There are good people everywhere. We just don't hear about the good, it's always the bad. Thank you..You brightened my afternoon...

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Kindness is a wonderful thing, always nice when it happens.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great story, and the best thing is, your sons learned from that. You can bet that one day, they will do the same thing for somebody else. Acts of kindness are contagious.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yeah Susan - then everyone would be H-A-P-P-Y!!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I wish there were more people like this in the world.

      Thank you :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Susan - I read this last night and my computer died right at the end! How sweet was that guy? People do show unexpected generosity but it doesn't happen very often. I bet that gentleman thinks about that too and the memory probably gives him as good a feeling as your family. Awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      cherylone, Christmas does tend to have an effect on people. It's nice when you see this happen at other times of the year too. Thanks for reading and for your comment.

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Awwwww, I like this. Christmas sometimes brings out the very best in people.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thomas,

      Ten cars behind him at Starbucks, that is so nice!

      Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      habee, Thank you for reading and for your comments.

      Denise, Yes I remember that hub well. Thanks for stopping by to read.

      Rosemay & AEvans, An angel indeed. Thank you both.

      ripplemaker, Thank you so much.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Susan...

      About a Christmas or two back someone in the drive-thru at Starbucks paid for the next ten cars...I felt blessed. Alas...Garth is a better person than I...I have yet to return the favor to the ten guys behind me at Starbucks...

      Maybe this year.

      This is a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it!

      Thomas

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      What a touching and heartwarming story. I am blessed reading it! Thank you so much for sharing Susan. Love and light and blessings to you and your family. :)

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      What a beautiful story. There are always Angels that walk among us. What a wonderful he was. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a lovely story, it is such a pleasure to read of kind acts in our world today. Nice to know there are some angels out there.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful story. This act of kindness reminds me of the one the stranger in the airport helped me with last Christmas! I wrote a hub and a poem (kindness of a stranger) about it. It sure is heartfelt isn't it?

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      What a sweet story! Your kids will never forget this random act of kindness.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hyphenbird & Pam, Thanks so much.

      drbj, Yes this is a true story.

      K9, Yes he sure did. Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cardisa, My son is constantly finding items at the park that people have forgotten. I remember him one day coming home with a Blackberry. He found the info of who it belonged to in the phone and called the for man. The man had a courier pick up the phone, and was so grateful as he knew he had lost it. He sent a reward to my son. I know of many children that would have kept the phone or tried to sell it. Thanks and good luck to you too with yours.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      What a lovely story and very inspirational! I believe your son received more than a gift of $10... a lesson in the measure of just how grand human nature can be when we try just a little harder to do the right thing. Thank you for sharing your heartwarming shopping adventure!

      HubHugs~

      K9

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Susan. Did the man who gave your son the $10 have a white beard and a jelly belly? Then I think I know who he was. Loved your creative story. Did it really happen? Just wonderin'?

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Acts like that always restore my faith in humanity. There are many good people in the world and that man is certainly one of them. Interesting hub.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We hear so much of the negatives and cruelty in the world. I believe many generous and loving people still abide here. This heartwarming story made my day. Sighing in happiness over here.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      My God, this is so cool. Your son will never forget that and you know what, I bet he is a kinder person because of that one gesture.

      Good luck Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Simey, Thank you for pointing this out to me. I've changed it to creative writing.

      I seem to recall the story about the lady in the Rolls Royce too :)

      barbergirl, Thanks so much, glad you liked it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sunnie, Thank you for stopping by to read this and for your comments. In this world these days it's always so nice when it is brought to our attention that there are actually still angels among us.

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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      Very touching story. Reminds me of a similar true story I heard back in Wales. An old lady stopped in front of someone's garden and leant against the wall. The owner of the house seeing this distraut lady came outside and gave her 10 pounds to get some dinner. The lady accepted. An hour later a Rolls Royce pulled up - the lady got out and thanked the man for his kindness!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - what a touching story. It is stories like this that really prove that some people out there are nice. In a world were everybody is hustle bustle and all about themselves, this is inspirational. What a great hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rochelle, Thanks so much for your comments. Since this day my son has done so many things for people that he does not know, which always makes me so proud.

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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      FYI - this has to be in the 'creative writing' section for the contest...at least that's the way i read the rules!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      OH there are still many angels here on earth. What a beautiful story..Makes my heart all warm inside..I love this kind of story. Thank you so much for sharing. It brought such a smile. Good luck Susan in the contest.

      Love,

      Sunnie

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Very few "perfect strangers" are really perfect-- but that one might have been. Thanks for sharing your heartwarming story.

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