The Unexpected Gift

Friday morning, Melanie took her children to the Dollar Tree so they could shop. The girls love planning and buying gifts for others. Nathan and Melanie have done an incredible job of cultivating a giving heart, an example set just by how they live.

As Melanie and crew stood in line, each one with their purchases separated, Melanie helped Tina count out her money. Suddenly, the man behind them said, “I’ll take care of hers.”

For a moment, Christina didn’t realize what this meant, and Melanie explained that the man was buying her gifts for her. Tina thanked the man very much, and Melanie told him that what he’d done was a lifetime lesson for her children. The man had only stopped in for a few items, and he paid triple what he had begun with to bless a child in a way she’ll forever remember. What an overwhelming example. This touched me deeply. Simple acts of kindness have far-reaching impact.

Merry Christmas!



“… It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Acts 20:35

16 thoughts on “The Unexpected Gift”

  1. Aw, what a wonderful wonderful Christmas story and lesson for as all! Completely heart melting. <3

  2. How sweet!It’s such a blessing when little ones get to experience the rewards from blessing others. And Tina has such a precious smile!

  3. Hello to the Maxwell family and Merry Christmas,

    It is already 25th here in Paris. Your story is very touching and I am sure your little nieces will never forget this nice gesture.
    God bless this man and bless you all

  4. Not only was this a great lesson in giving, but also a great lesson in humbly receiving. Double blessing!

  5. What a kind, sweet thing for that gentleman to do! Tina can look back on this when she’s older and hopefully she’ll have the opportunity to bless someone else the same way.

  6. Touching! “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” – Luke 2:20. A fitting verse for Christina!

  7. Awwwww… so sweet. My mom took Joyanna shopping at Dollar Tree for gifts too. I got my Christmas gifts from there too. 🙂

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