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Old    Greg Hodgin (eccpaint)      Join Date: Feb 2002       12-21-2013, 7:02 AM Reply   
Normally if I do something nice for someone, I don't tell it. But I am making an exception this time because it has a cool ending.

I am aware of a family in my town that is struggling. So I decided to give the single mom some money to help with Christmas and asked if I could take her two kids Christmas shopping and out to supper. First she didn't want to take the money. But she said she would take it only if she could pay me back with her tax refund. I said that would be fine but she was under no obligation to do so. I took her kids and they picked out new shoes for themselves and picked out a gift for their mom as well. We stopped by my house to wrap the Mom's gift. Much to our surprise, they had never wrapped a gift before! The oldest is 16 yo. They picked to eat at Golden Corral. During the evening I explained to the kids how important it is to put others needs above your own. It is really the path to true happiness and you will always be blessed for it.

All in all I spent $208 plus supper.

Here is the cool part...

Today I received a Christmas card from a family I met one time at a hotel in Alabama, back in June. (they were from Indiana) They said that they had been inspired by our story of Wake the World and sent a check for $2080! Exactly 10 times what I spent the day before. Stuff like that gives me chills... God is good...
Old    Mike North Carolina (MIKEnNC)      Join Date: Nov 2012       12-21-2013, 8:06 AM Reply   
Awesome story and great ending. Thanks for sharing. God is good
Old    MCXSTAR (snork)      Join Date: Jun 2007       12-21-2013, 8:29 AM Reply   
Cool story
Old    Bryce Pool (bryce2320)      Join Date: May 2012       12-22-2013, 3:59 PM Reply   
Awesome story!! Thanks for sharing it!
Old    Jason Buffalow (buffalow)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-22-2013, 6:49 PM Reply   
You could sure spend TONS more good cheer for the $2080 - passing along goodness. great Work!
Old    Jason Buffalow (buffalow)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-22-2013, 6:49 PM Reply   
Spread good cheer it should have read
Old    Jason (Hooya)      Join Date: Aug 2011       12-23-2013, 6:02 AM Reply   
God is not good people are.
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       12-23-2013, 6:41 AM Reply   
Great story Greg! If you give without expecting anything in return you will be rewarded for your selflessness.Jesus is the reason for the season!!!
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       12-23-2013, 7:51 AM Reply   
No matter your beliefs, If you give, it always comes back with interest--Call it a miracle, Karma or just good vibes.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Old    Garon Davis (gpd005)      Join Date: May 2013       12-23-2013, 9:19 AM Reply   
That is an awesome story Greg!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank you for setting a good example for the rest of us!
Old    Greg Hodgin (eccpaint)      Join Date: Feb 2002       01-03-2014, 9:52 PM Reply   
Thanks everyone, I'm glad you liked it. I was so blown away by the amount being exactly 10 fold, simply amazing to me...
Old    Train (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       01-04-2014, 6:20 PM Reply   
Good on you greg. You've inspired me for next christmas.
I'm gonna start looking out for a deserving family.
It's all about doing good things for others. Christmas is a nice time to do something like this though.

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