This time of year, we witness example after example of generosity at GraceWorks.
And the Christmas spirit was truly alive again this year.
In the GraceWorks Thrift Store this week, we saw that spirit in three pay-it-forward stories—practically in a row.
One customer in line paid for the Christmas decorations of the young woman behind her.
Soon after, a gentleman who had had water damage in his home was buying a couch and love seat. The woman who checked out ahead of him headed out the door, then came back in and said God had told her she should pay $100 of his purchase.
He could fit only part of his purchase in his truck, so he went home and came back with a like-new bike he intended to donate. Outside the store, he ran into a woman who was looking through the bikes to buy one for her child. He saw the opportunity and gave her the bike.
Yesterday at The Manger, a family wanted to give a bicycle to their son for Christmas. Unfortunately, one in the needed size was unavailable and they had to choose a different gift.
After the family left, the volunteers who helped them asked if they could go purchase a bike the needed size and have GraceWorks give it to the family.
Late yesterday, we sent out a request for contributions to The Manger to help us purchase enough gifts to get us through the final night. In less than 24 hours, we’ve received more than 100 donations.
“The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.” —Thomas S. Monson