Let me be honest, friends. Today’s bout of niceness was stolen (stolen!) from the pages of USA Today. Last holiday season, ‘layaway angels’ paid off thousands of dollars worth of layaway plans, particularly those including children’s toys. Isn’t that amazing?Of course, children still have birthdays and families still struggle to purchase basic necessities outside of the holiday season, so I thought this would be a nice, easy, anonymous way to engage in a bit of do goodery.
After some research, I discovered that Kmart and Sears are two of the only stores that offer layaway year round. So I trundled down to my local Kmart and rather awkwardly explained what I wanted to do. It was a bit strange to explain that no, I didn’t know which plan I wanted to pay off. And, no, I didn’t know these people. And, no, I didn’t want to pay off someone’s collection of The Fast And The Furious dvds.
But eventually, we found a good fit. Someone had been paying on a Dora The Explorer sheet/comforter/stuffed toy set for a month. And for $21 I could pay off their layaway plan.
For less than the cost of my margarita and burrito the previous night a little girl gets a snuggly, Dora-tastic bed a few weeks earlier.
What an easy short cut to feeling good about yourself.
And (more importantly) what a good reality check.
Next time you find yourself picking up socks/scented candles/house plants at Kmart, I would highly recommend sidling up to that layaway counter and seeing if $20 can make a difference.
Have you ever paid off someone’s layaway plan? Would you? If you’re playing along and writing about it, send me links to your posts!