Sometimes something great comes right up out of nowhere...

"Listen Lucy,
Sometimes something great comes right up out of nowhere and smacks you right in the face. I am really into this pay it forward thing. It brings me true joy. I think it’s the unconditionalness (I think I just created a new word) of the whole thing. It’s almost like you get to play Santa.

Where I work, a guy came up to me and said that he thinks there are about 5 or 6 kids that we work with that are pretty unlikely to get any Christmas gifts this year. 

I got their names and immediately group messaged my closest support system and asked if they were interested. When I say I got a positive response from all parties within a minute I am not lying. And, this was like 2 or 3 days before Christmas. WOW!

I did not go shopping nor did I buy any gifts; but, I did get to play Santa Claus. This is really cool. You never know what is going to happen. As you might imagine, delivering these presents takes you to some really interesting places. Who would have thought Santa has bigger problems than fitting down the chimney.

I’ve done this many times in the past and it’s different than you might think. Sometimes, I just leave presents at the door. Sometimes I deliver them to family members and wish I had more to give. Sometimes I deliver them and not much is said. Sometimes things go off the charts. But to me it is always really, really, really cool.

This year, on Christmas Eve, my son and I went out. We drove various parts of Allegheny County and made our deposits. Things were going fairly efficiently. It was a good day……it was sunny and warm and he and I were enjoying each other’s company. It was a good day about to become great. 

We found ourselves in a neighborhood that had seen better times when the steel mills were up and running. We were delivering to a young person named Diamond. I got to know Diamond over the last couple of months and she really inspires me. Not because she has everything together but because she trying to get everything together. Diamond is awesome.

I got out of the car and knocked on her door. I had maybe 5 or 6 presents. When they unexpectedly open the door, there was a room full of people mostly very young. When Diamond saw me, her reaction was priceless. She was appreciative and gracious. An attitude of gratitude personified. 

She softly repeated my name several times each time followed by "thank you so much, this is so nice." She gave me a hug that I am not soon to forget. My heart was warmed and my eyes were filled. Special. 

Because the weather was so cooperative, I didn’t know it at the time, but my son, who was still in the car, heard everything. We just looked at each other and smiled. We knew..yep, we knew!

Typically, that would have been the end of it. It’s kind of a private thing and I don’t look for any follow up information so we just move forward. But not this time. Yesterday, I was sitting in my office when one of my co-workers came in and wanted to tell me that the thing I did for Diamond was really special. 

I started to downplay it. Like I said, to me this stuff is from my private side and I really don’t like to expound on it at work. But my co-worker had something to share. 

As it turned out, one of those young people that was in Diamond's house was from a different, underprivileged country. She is roughly the same age and size as Diamond and she was staying with Diamond and her family temporarily. Christmas was not of immediate concern.

My co-worker informed me when Diamond got her 5 or 6 gifts, she knew that her friend too, would not be receiving gifts this year. 

Diamond gave her friend half of her gifts."