Christmas Giving Experience

Hubby and I decided earlier in the day, we would stop for pizza on the way home from taking our kids to see the musical Annie at our local college theatre as we knew we were low on meals at home and we have been doing well on our dining out challenge.  He called the pizza in on the way home and so it would only be a couple of minutes of the kids and I sitting in the car while he ran in.  Not even a minute after he ran in, a woman approached my car motioning for me to roll down my window.  I was cautious but
my instinct said it was okay, so I put the window half ways down.  She told me how she feels so stupid but she is locked out of her drunk's boyfriend's house (did I mention it was only about 5 pm)  and she has no money to get a cab home.  Would I please give her $5.00 so she could get a ride home?  I don't know if she was telling the truth but figured if she was bold enough to ask a mom and her kids in a minivan for a few bucks, she must really need it for whatever reason.  I don't usually have cash on me but today I had a $10 bill.  I handed it to her and told her 'Merry Christmas'.   She was beyond happy and asked me for my name and number so she could pay me back.  I told her not to worry about it and to just get home safely.   She told me 'Good things will come to you'.  She told me she believes in Karma.  'Me too' I told her.

After she left, my kids immediately asked 'Mom, who was that and why did you give her money?"  I simply replied "I don't know who she is only that she is in need of $10 more than I do, so I gave it to her."    My oldest seemed quite surprised that I would just give away ten bucks as we have been struggling making ends meet ourselves.  Just then, hubby came back into the car with our pizza and I told him what happened.  He too agreed it was the right thing to do.  I explain to my son that she was someone in need and I was able to help out.  It's what we do.  It also feels good inside to help out others.

I have been trying to teach him about giving to others and I'm happy this event happened and hope he can learn from it.

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