Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 357: Paid Off Someone's Layaway

Wanting to set a positive example for Isla was my inspiration behind starting 366 Random Acts way back on January 1st.  However, the idea of doing a random act of kindness each day came from something I did last year around this time.  A couple of days before Christmas 2011, I saw a news story about how at K-Marts around the country, people were anonymously paying off the balances on random people's layaways.  People would show up to get their items and find out that they didn't have to pay another dime.  So last year, I decided that I wanted to do that and headed over to a nearby K-Mart.  It was less than a week later that, while thinking of something to do for Isla, I remembered that act and thought of 366.  Now, almost a year to the day later, I wanted to re-do the act that inspired my journey.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I paid off someone's layaway.  I made sure to pay off someone who had items for both adults and children.  While I was waiting in line to do this random act, the person in front of me was surprised to learn that someone else had paid off their balance, and the woman cried when she found out.  Me being the emotional person I am, started to tear up some too, so I was a little choked up when speaking with the cashier.  I have to go get some rest now as Lindsey, Isla and I are heading off the California in the morning to celebrate my first ever warm weather Christmas.  I'm not too sure how I will handle it.


  1. That is amazing and it made me tear up- Thank you for sharing your kindness with us!

  2. That's a really cool act of kindness. You're a great person and your stories have been inspiring :)

  3. Reading through these 366 acts was worth it. Good for you man, good for you.