As a little Christmas tip for the garbage and recycle collectors, the mail carrier and the newspaper carrier, I use my Air Miles and get $20 GC for a local grocery store to give out. I put an envelope out for the good paper carrier (I get two papers; the other carrier didn't get the tip) the week before Christmas.
I happened to see the boy and his mom delivering papers last night, and I (rudely?) asked him what he'd bought with his GC because I was curious.
Turns out, Mom is at home with 4 kids - paper boy is the oldest at 13 - while her husband is working far away from home and they only see him on weekends. Money was tight and pb had been asking for ribs but they couldn't afford them. Mom didn't know what they were having for dinner that night - maybe KD. When pb got the GC, he asked Mom if they could get ribs. She gave me a big hug and said what a blessing it was. They also had a TY note for me that I read later and it indicated that they were able to get some fresh bread and veggies to go with the ribs and had a great meal.
I was tearing up. Something that I didn't give a whole lot of thought to turned out to mean so much for someone else and Mom and pb made me feel so good
I have one GC left over because I didn't give it out to the other paper carrier due to poor service. I'm going to wait a while but I'm going to put it out for this boy. Maybe Easter?
The unfortunate thing for me is that they are thinking about trying to sell their house and move closer to where the father is working so they can see him a little more. I'll lose an awesome paper boy!