Pass It On

One year when our children were middle school age we had a difficult Christmas. Just before the start of the Christmas season, I had been laid off from my job and was not finding another. We had already talked to the kids and let them know that this would be a very sparse Christmas.

Just days before Christmas, my wife was approached by an acquaintance at a bible study she was attending. She shared with my wife that several years before they had been in a similar situation and someone had given them some money to use for Christmas. That person had requested only that they pass the blessing on sometime in the future to another. Now this couple had decided that they wanted to pass the blessing on to us.

Because of this gift, we were able to take our daughters to a local jewelry store on Christmas Eve morning, and let them each pick out an item for Christmas. For the next several years, even though our situation was better, we continued that tradition of taking the girls to the same store on Christmas Eve to help them remember the generosity of others.

Quite a few years later, some friends of ours needed to take their grandchildren into their home. One of the grandchildren was eagerly hoping to attend a summer camp, but his grandparents were unable to do it because of finances. We knew then that it was our turn; we shared the story of the gift with them and gave them the money necessary to send their grandson to camp.

I don’t know of the stories before we received this gift, or of those that will yet be in the future, but I do know that this gift has continued through several families and covered at least a couple of decades. This was truly the gift that kept on giving.

Written by Anonymous

2 Responses to “Pass It On”

  1. 1 Michelle October 9, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    this is the pass it forward idea. i have heard of people passing on other items other than money. people find out what someone is most in need of and if they are able they give it away.

  2. 2 Mel October 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

    this is an incredible story. thank you for sharing it.

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