Maybe Santa Claus isn't dead after all.
There's a phenomenon that's occuring all around the good old U.S. of A. this Christmas season that's bound to warm up the cockles of even the most jaded of real estate agents' hearts.
Apparently anonymous people are going into Kmarts all over the country and paying off the balances on people's lay-away accounts. I wasn't even aware that some stores still had lay-away accounts, it seems like such an old fashioned concept, but I suppose some people need this program to squirrel money away to buy their kids gifts for Christmas.
Anyhow, certain angels among us have been going into Kmart stores and have been paying off the balances owed on strangers accounts. Read the Associated Press article here. It doesn't sound like it's an organized movement, it sounds like something that's happening spontaneously across the country.
Reading this article brightened up my day a little. It's nice to think that some people will be getting a break this year, probably a lot of younger parents who could really use one. It can't be easy trying to manage children's expectations in this overly commercial society at Christmas time, so I'm sure this time of year is very stressful for a lot of people. A few extra dollars this time of year could really make a huge difference to some families.
This sounds like a wonderful way to "pay it forward" and to help someone out. I'm glad I stumbled across this article, I'm feeling more Christmassy already.