This time of year, we all seem to get more mail, more e-mail, and more solicitations from charities asking for our “year end gift”. It’s the time of year that charities know that many of us are looking to donate to our favorite cause, so that we can get a little tax benefit from Uncle Sam. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this kind of giving. I applaud it. I encourage it. But, let me suggest a different kind of “year end gift”.
Author and speaker Jon Acuff tweeted out before Christmas:
My father-in-law goes to @WaffleHouse on Christmas Eve & gives huge tips. This year, my family is doing that. We’re giving every worker there a $100 bill on Dec 24th. Waitress, cook, guy sweeping, everyone. My kids are amped! Generosity is more fun than we often think.
— Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) December 20, 2017
It inspired at least one guy to do the same:
A lot of people got worked up at Jon for publicly talking about this. But I’m glad he did.
Jon inspired my family and I so we tipped our server this morning (Christmas Eve) $100. She started crying and hugged me.
Never would have thought to do it without Jon’s original tweet. https://t.co/adEIz4S3Ec
— Brady Shearer (@BradyShearer) December 24, 2017
And then there’s the story of how one church in Ohio got together to bless the staff working hard at a local Waffle House with a huge tip of well over $3,500. All five women behind the counter embraced each other and cried.
I think this “random acts of kindness thing” is really catching on. Now granted, there’s a certain “specialness” about giving to folks working around the Christmas holidays, but this same principle can be applied before the end of this year.
You just have to take the time to look for the opportunity. Discuss it with your spouse. Talk about it with your family. Talk about it with your closest friends. There’s just something about giving an unexpected blessing to total strangers who had no idea it was coming.
Go ahead and plan it. Do it before the end of the year, and make it a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR for someone who might need it more than you know.