Santa sighting at Smart Motors
We received this anonymous letter along with a donation yesterday. The writer asked that we share it with our community, in hopes that the message makes it back to "Santa".
Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus - and he was at Smart Motors on December 15
It was nearing Christmas and my daughter and I finally quit procrastinating and thought we’d get some Christmas shopping in… but first, errands. So we completed our errands when one of our car’s dash-lights lit indicating a problem with the tire. We were near Smart Motors, so I thought we’d just stop by, have it checked, get air in the tire and off we’d go. But that wasn’t to be the case.
We waited in the lounge area, when finally our service advisor returned. He stated that the rear passenger tire was indeed very low on air. They found a huge nail in the tire, so big that the tire could not be repaired and it would need to be replaced.
Well, we’ve had a tough year. I don’t want to go into details, but it was more than this single mom wanted to hear, and all I could say was, “There goes Christmas.” My daughter got wide-eyed and looked at me like, “What?!!” All I could say to her was, “Don’t worry honey, we’ll get a new tire and at least be able to visit Grandma. Just don’t expect anything under the tree.”
Our service advisor nodded. He looked like he’d just told a young child that there is no Santa and went off to get a new tire. I felt bad about my reaction, but my head was spinning with the thought of what else could go wrong this year.
Shortly, the service desk called my name. I started to think about which credit card had room for the tire. As I walked up to the desk, the young lady behind the counter grinned brightly and said “I’ve got good news!” I probably looked totally defeated and said something about “That’s good, because I don’t think I can take any more bad news.”
She handed me the bill. $0 was the total.
Surprised, I looked across the desk with a puzzled look on my face.
“Someone who wishes to remain anonymous paid for our tire!” she burst out, “You’re good to go!”
I could feel the tears welling in my eyes. “Really?” I said in disbelief.
“Really!” she replied. “Your bill is paid!”
I was stunned. With all the bad happening in the world, there just aren’t enough good things. I believe in random acts of kindness, but they just don’t seem to happen to me. Finally I said, “There is a Santa Claus. Please tell this person Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It’s been a very tough year for us. This could not have come at a better time. Thank you.”
Instead of going Christmas shopping, my daughter and I headed home to make dinner. She was a little confused about what had just happened. I did my best to explain and told her it probably had something to do with good Karma. I reminded her about all the things we do to try and help others. They may not be big things, but all those little things add up.
We talked about it some more and decided that we were just given the best Christmas present. The reminder that it’s not about what you get, but what you give. Just be thankful! We don’t need anything under that tree - what we need is the ability to visit loved ones that can’t travel due to health reasons and just spend time with them. And we were also given a gift that would allow us to do that.
We have our health, a home, food and clothing. But there are others who don’t have that. So with that being said, we are paying it forward. Please accept our anonymous donation. This is what we saved for Christmas this year. Use it to help others not as fortunate. What we have received from another anonymous person is truly a gift. Whoever you are, thank you!
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