Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Christmas miracle


Do you believe in miracles?

You just might after reading what happened when The Blogess (aka Jenny Lawson) offered to give $30 Amazon gift vouchers to the first twenty commenters on her blog who could explain how this simple gesture would make a big difference to them being able to give their family a better Christmas under difficult circumstances.

Here is her original post where she made the generous offer.

However after the twenty gift cards were spoken for the heartbreaking requests continued to come.

And then the miracle happened.

This comment appeared:

I’ll give out the 21st gift card request you receive; $30 at Amazon. Just give me the email information and I’ll send it along. Happy Holidays everyone.

With these simple words an avalanche of goodwill was unleashed, and for every request that arrived a new commenter picked it up and committed to fulfil the Christmas hopes and dreams of the family it represented. The groundswell of love and generosity surprised everyone.

As I write this, her blog post has 733 comments - and more than $40,000 has been given to families in need! Many of these recipients are so grateful that they too have pledged to pass on the generosity when they are able.




  1. Well my goodness Jenny is a true inspiration - and proves that each and every one of us could make a difference, no matter how small or how large. This is the most heartwaring actions and learning how this idea has snowballed is just wonderful. Good for Jenny, and fantastic that so many people took up her idea and supported it. Hope this gives others the idea to help make a difference. Thanks for sharing this Di XXX (the other) Di

  2. I had goosebumps all the way to my feet while reading this post. WOW! What an amazing story. I am so glad I stopped by for a visit. Happy New Year. ~karen


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