A wonderful a capella flash mob in a large mall in Florida. Make sure to watch the ending.
A little girl's only Christmas wish comes true:
I've been teary eyed this morning!
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Tonight I passed a homeless man with a sign... "Will work for food." Everyone else passed him too... I thought to myself, "Boy do I wish that I had a job for him... Then I thought, "Wow, everyone here is being very selfish... We are all passing him by..." You see, I had just gotten an unexpected check and I was getting ready to go spend it on some Christmas items for the children in my life... No, they don't need anything but my gifts are all small this year, and they are my loved ones... Then I wondered about this man's family... What had happened to him that made him have to beg for food? Wouldn't anyone that loved him take him in? Then I thought about how I have acted this past year... There have been many moments even recently that I have been dissappointed in myself. I wondered if the people that loved him had hurt him like I have hurt people that I love this past year.
So, an hour and a half after seeing the man, after contemplating all of my bad decisions and replaying all the hurt that I had caused and suffered over the past year, I drove back. I drove back and hollered to him outside of my car window... "Sir, if you walk to Wawa I'll buy you a nice hot dinner, does that sound ok?" He said yes and proceeded to gather his belongings and walk to the Wawa... He waited outside while I got Jack out of the car, and when he saw me pulling the baby out of his car seat he stopped me and said, "Ma'am you don't have to do this..." "I know I don't," I replied, "Now get inside where it's warm and let's find you some dinner..." He didn't know what to do once he walked through the door so I just started asking questions... Would he like some soup? A hot sandwich? He ended up with a meatball sub and I bought him the biggest one they made. I told him to go grab a drink, and he got a small soda.. I sent him back for a second one and he went almost sheepishly to get a second. Then I took him to the sweets... "You've got to have a favorite... It's Christmas! Pick one out..." "No Ma'am, I couldn't..." "Yes you can, I'm buying... Would you like some chocolate? A candy bar? A cake? Some pie? Pick your favorite! Go ahead!" He smiled... "Well, I guess I COULD get one of these..." He had grabbed an eclair... I smiled back... "Good!" I said. We paid and while we waited for his sandwich he looked at Jack and Jack smiled at him... I told him that Jack was the best Christmas present I've ever gotten and he just smiled... When his sandwich was ready I handed it to him and he said, "Thank you, God bless you Ma'am..." His eyes were teary... I said, "God bless you right back, and Merry Christmas! Now find yourself somewhere warm, I think it's going to rain!"
I wanted to take him home, but all I can do is buy him a sandwich, an eclair, and two drinks... I hope that doing something nice for someone else's loved one will somehow mend the mistakes I've made over the past year... I'm not writing this to brag, but hopefully to inspire, and to ask forgiveness from the ones I've let down. Hopefully we can all learn to be a little more compassionate and a little less selfish in this next upcoming year.I have to say I was very inspired by Sarah's story. I have been so saddened lately by the amount of homeless people I'm seeing on our very own streets. It's not just a "hidden" epidemic anymore in our small town. I've always wanted to help but I haven't known how. This story is a wonderful example of what Christmas is all about--sacrificing your time, your money and even maybe some fear to give back to someone who's less fortunate than you. Instead of spending more money on toys that my children don't need, I could take that money and make a huge difference in someone's life with just a simple meal.