As reported by USA Today earlier this month, it has become a trend over the past weeks that good Samaritans have been either personally or anonymously paying off the layaway balances of complete strangers. This act of Holiday giving began in Michigan, before spreading to various states such as Nebraska, Ohio, and Missouri.
Normally over here at StudentCity we tend to keep things lighthearted, funny, and at times a bit provocative. However, during this time of year it is important that we don’t forget the true meaning behind the Holidays that we celebrate. It is a beautiful thing for people to have enough heart to want to help out families who are crunching numbers to make ends meet in order to provide a magical Christmas morning for their children.
This Holiday season, we ask that you do whatever you can to somehow give back to your community. Whether you jump on the anonymous bandwagon of individuals who are paying off layaway balances of strangers, volunteer at a shelter, making donations to other various charities in the form of money or gifts, or even contribute a small amount to help pay off someone’s layaway balance. Remember, any amount helps.
Try not to get caught up in the trend of extravagant gift-giving this Holiday season, and think about how much more meaningful it is to help out those who are less fortunate than we are. Or, if you are giving expensive gifts this year, chances are if you can afford that designer bag for your sister, you can spare $10 to donate to a charity.
In the words of Biggie Smalls, “We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.” Do your part, and have a safe and happy Holiday!