12 Responses to Off Topic…But Just Wonderful

  1. Fiamma December 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Bawled like a baby…thank you.

  2. James Pollock December 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    One of the “holiday-themed advertisements”, which ordinarily I will go to great pains to avoid, involved asking 8-year-olds whether they’d prefer to have a gift for themselves or a gift for a child who otherwise would not receive any. Something like 75% chose selflessly.

  3. Powers December 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Does this really surprise anyone?

  4. Echo December 21, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    oh wow! i didn’t have a Kleenex handy but i did manage to grab a paper towel!!!!

    that was simply beautiful!

  5. Donald December 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    I’m out of Kleenex as well

  6. Jennifer December 21, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    Just something to think about…

    Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children | FAIRhttp://fair.org/home/washington-post-promotes-dickensian-marketing-experiment-on-poor-children/

  7. Jennifer December 21, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    Sorry. Link didn’t paste correctly.


  8. Stephanie December 22, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    It is a nice sentiment except for the exploitation of poor kids who wouldn’t have a hope of receiving either gift on their own all over the internet.

  9. MichaelF December 22, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    My Scrooge instincts say that those who chose poorly were edited out.

    It is nice to see kids give back to their parents, the spirit of that would be good to call out for my own kids who aren’t as cynical as me about these sorts of things and will probably look at with the spirit it is intended.

  10. lollipoplover December 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    “It is a nice sentiment except for the exploitation of poor kids who wouldn’t have a hope of receiving either gift on their own all over the internet.”

    Way to go all Debbie Downer on a sentimental story. Personally give me a story about nice children who make selfless choices despite their life circumstances any day. There aren’t enough of these stories out there and many happen every day with no news coverage.

    We got Ding Dong Ditched last night. A large group of teenagers bang loudly on our door and rang the doorbell aggressively before running away (this was at 8:30 pm). We were baking cookies and surprised to open the door and see this group down at the end of our street, dressed in Santa hats, running away and giggling (we recognized a few of them). On our doorstep was a basket of candy canes. We were “Elfed” as per the handwritten note in the basket. I see stories locally about teenagers and the trouble they cause in some neighborhoods with vandalism and other problems. But last night, I realized that there are far more GOOD teenagers in our neighborhood, that we never hear about in the news doing small but nice things.

    And my kids are going out tonight to Elf a few houses themselves….they can’t wait! Better go buy some more candy canes.

  11. Papilio December 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    (So use toilet paper.)

    That was nice of those kids. But I couldn’t help wondering if the laptop-versus-jewelry girl already had a computer at home, if no, the laptop would probably have been the smarter choice for the whole family…

    And I hope the kids did receive both presents after the experiment was done. Would be kinda cruel if they didn’t. “Oh look kids, *I* have the money to buy all this stuff and dangle it in front of your nose, but I’m not going to give it to you anyway, hahahaha”…

  12. Caleb Shaw December 28, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks. I needed that.