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SALT LAKE CITY — The Christmas season brings so many opportunities to serve, whether it just comes from within or a church or charity.
Each week, we share stories of times people were kind or experienced something good in their lives. This week, we're sharing Christmas-themed stories. If you've experienced a good deed or feeling this season, email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Years back I had a friend and I felt inspired to give her a $100 bill around Christmas. She asked if I was sure and said I didn't have to do it. I insisted.
"About 12 years later I prayed that I could get $500 to use for Christmas. My dad sent me $300 and my husband's boss gave him $100. At the bank, one lady waiting in line at the bank finished before I did and gave me a wide-eyed look. After I finished I turned around and there she was. She said, 'I feel inspired to give this to you.' She opened my hand and put a $100 bill in it. I looked down and before I had a chance to say anything she walked away quickly.
"So what goes around comes around. Not only that but I saw an article in an LDS Church magazine about a lady who received a $100 bill for Christmas. She said she was thankful for this person's generosity. She didn't say the name and had her name withheld, but it jogged back my memory and made me feel charitable."
Have you seen any moments of service or kindness? Do you want to share a story about something that made your day? Email a brief story (100 words or fewer) along with any photos or video email@example.com.
On a gift for a mother in need:
"Some years ago in early November, ZCMI had its Coats for Charity Sale, so I took two of my older, well-worn coats to the store and looked for a new coat for myself. I was a working, struggling mother trying to raise my family and get ready for Christmas, so when I found a suitable coat I put it on layaway. The layaway had to be paid for by Christmas so I knew I needed to be careful with my money. As Christmas neared, I began to wonder if I would be able to meet my commitment on the layaway.
"Two days before Christmas, I went to ZCMI and was going to get my money back on the coat but the clerk was confused because I told her I could not finish paying it. She replied, 'It is paid for and just needs to be picked up.' Then I was confused. She handed me the coat and wished me merry Christmas. It was a merry Christmas."
On the gift of transportation:
"My family and I were headed to Arizona to visit relatives for the Christmas holiday. We were 16 miles from the nearest town when we had some car problems. I limped our van to the side of the highway where we said a prayer. A law enforcement officer pulled up behind us and took us to the nearest town so we could look for a car. When we did not find one, he took us back to our broken down van and his wife gave us their van to borrow for our trip. My wife had been battling cancer and this was her last Christmas with family as she passed away in October."
Have you seen any moments of service or kindness? Do you want to share a story about something that made your day? Email a brief story (100 words or fewer) along with any photos or video to firstname.lastname@example.org.