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Making Spirits Bright

By Evelyn David

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for

― Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

This is just a nice, holiday feel-good story. Please share
some of your own experiences. These types of tales remind us of how the small
gestures of charity and kindness reverberate and reflect the true joy of the

My friend has served on the board of a women’s shelter for
many years. It is a place where women and children, victims of domestic
violence, can find a safe refuge to begin rebuilding their lives. Every year,
there are always plenty of gifts for the children at the shelter, but my friend
has organized a program to make sure that each of the mothers also has
something to open on Christmas Day. Donors are asked to purchase a robe,
slippers, and some beauty product, and put them in a festive bag. I’ve been
participating for years and the joy I get from this small charitable gesture
makes the season bright for me.

I mention, only in passing, that my friend is Jewish, very
active in her Temple,
but determined to make the holidays special for those who are already
struggling mightily.

This year, my friend asked the housemother at a group home
for young boys, if anyone needed anything special. Yes, a teenager (father
dead, mother an addict) was growing like a weed and needed some new clothes. “No
problem,” said my friend and off she went to Kohl’s Department Store.

Now, let me add that my friend is not only charitable, but
likes a good bargain too! Kohl’s was giving out coupons and by the luck of the
draw, you could get 15, 20, or 30 percent off your entire purchase. Hallelujah,
she’d gotten a 30 percent off coupon! She shopped carefully and picked out several
new slacks and shirts for the teen. She went up to the register, armed with her
coupon, and when the cashier rang up the total, it came to $87.

And then all H**l broke out. Bells, whistles, and a booming
voice over the store loudspeaker system, announced that my friend was the day’s

Winner? She felt like she’d won when she got the 30% off
coupon. Nope, it was better than that.

Kohl’s had a new promotion. Once a day, a shopper
is chosen at random to receive his or her purchase for FREE.


Not wanting her coupon to go to waste, my friend turned to
the man standing next to her in line and offered it to him. He explained that
he worked for a construction company and that a group of workers were doing
the same thing she was – buying for someone, in this case, an entire family in
need. My friend’s coupon was double what his was.

I told my friend that she was doing a beautiful mitzvah (Hebrew
for good deed). And she said what she always says, “I get more out of it
than I give.”

Bill Gates, bless his heart, can make donations to worthy
causes at levels I can’t even comprehend. But the small gestures are just as
important – maybe more so?

Wishing you the best, brightest, most joyous holiday season.

 Marian, the Northern half of Evelyn David


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