Consider, perhaps, the most unlikely elf….
Or, well, is he really? WATCH:
Thank you Secret Santa and, of course, Sundance!
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In Dayton, Ohio back in the 60s there was a homeless person (assumed) went by the name of “Rags”. He was the iconic ‘homeless’ person hanging out near the Montgomery County Library on any given day with his cup extended to anyone who happened by… I was 19 and just landed a job as a chemical technician for a hard chrome firm down the street…
I had a $20 bill in my pocket (all I had to my name then) and Rags extended his cup as I passed. I stopped and asked Rags why I should give my hard earned money to a beggar!
His response – Because you can.
I said, Ok. Sign this $20 bill like it was a check and you had to endorse it to cash it.
He took the bill and my pen and and signed it in perfect QUEENS penmanship. I have never seen such perfect penmanship since. The pen is dry and hasn’t worked for over forty years but it still has the fingerprints of my guy “Rags”.
Merry Christmas to Rags if you are still around!
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Rags (Elias Joseph Barauskas Born in Waterbury Conn. Died in Dayton May 5 1980 ) He certainly was an enigma.
That’s been my experience too. Everyone wants to give, and the poor have so many less things to give, but it makes them happy when they can find a way, materially or non-materially. Not having money, they can be some of the most caring people and generous people there are. I think most of the world would be so much better off when the poor have the experience of giving instead of finding themselves taking all the time…it would shift the consciousness of this whole planet!
I learned to accept gratefully whatever they offered me. It is true that it is more blessed to give than receive, but we can’t give if no one accepts our gifts in the same spirit.
Wonder if we can somehow incorporate that in government programs so they can return that much back to us!
I would have loved to be on that Secret Santa detail!
Thats the Christmas spirit. Thanks SD for sharing. What a blessing!
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Saw this ( the secret Santa & his elf) yesterday, and thank you for posting it. Beautiful Tree also! Here is wishing you Sundance & your team, who work so hard for this site, a very wonderful & joyous Christmas & a great New Year in 2019.
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What a great vid. So glad I saw that!
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Merry Christmas 🙂
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That is so kewl…TY Sundance….
Yes a little bit goes a long way…
Great video…. puts things into perspective for many of us. Merry Christmas
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Thank you for posting this, Sundance. I have removed this show from my record list because of the emphasis on alternative stories they are presenting now.
However, this one warms the heart for a very merry Christmas wish to everyone, and may God bless us all!
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“However, this one warms the heart for a very merry Christmas wish to everyone, and may God bless us all!”
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Thank you! Good for the soul to watch.
What a great story!
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Seems to be very dusty around here… Yeah, that is it… Dust.
That is an amazing video… Merry Christmas!!!! Thank you for sharing, Sundance.
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That was NICE… 🙂 I watch a lot of the Todd White videos, and he does a lot of things like that also, as he witnesses for the Lord.
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Very moving and, truly, illustrates that giving can be much more meaningful than receiving.
I live in a small town in eastern NC, and on Friday and Saturday evening we had our annual Christmas candlelight tour of historic homes. I worked as a docent on both evenings and had the chance to speak with several hundred visitors. Almost all said “Merry Christmas,” and I did not hear even one uttering of “Happy Holidays.” The spirit of Christmas and its true meaning lives on in many places.
Thanks for posting this, Sundance. The fact that you saw value in sharing it with us reveals your kind heart, which is one of the many reasons so many of us feel home here at the Tree House with our friends, a loving family.
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You’re exactly right Phil!!
Phil: “The fact that you saw value in sharing it with us reveals your kind heart, which is one of the many reasons so many of us feel home here at the Tree House […]”
(The thumbs up are for you, Phil. The hearts are for Sundance. It’s a bromance thing. I’m a sucker for a big heart, and unlike the Grinch, Sundance has one about three sizes too large.)
Absolutely beautiful and Christlike, thank you and a Holy Merry Christmas to you Sundance and all Treepers.
A heart felt reminder tht it is better to give than to receive. Thank you for this video Sundance and thank you for all you and your staff give to us all year round. Merry Christmas!
I’m not crying…..right?
Thanks SD for posting. Wonderful Christmas spirit.
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A very nice human story to end a day full of listening to and reading about strife and wickedness taking place in our government.
We can all use more of that positive kind of message in our lives. And giving selflessly to those who truly need help is one of the most rewarding actions anyone can take.
Beautiful story. Thank you for posting that.
We are a small city with many homeless driven and dumped here. We do have a great compassion center that I and a friend are constantly gathering clothing, toys, household items for this center. Amazing what one can find n their home that they are not using, do not need, etc., so easy to gather a lot for the homeless as well as the low income as everything is sooo expensive in CA. We can also take packaged or canned food to the center as well, and I drop off baked goods for them to have with their coffee or tea which is offered at this center. My theory is if we can’t share, we shouldn’t have anything. This is being a real Christian by helping them to have their needs met.
Carrie, one nifty idea done for women in these centers, is for women to find an unwanted handbag, and fill it with nice things, bits of jewelry, hygiene items, and so forth, and then take a load of such handbags to a shelter.
lots of positive feedback, women trading items, etc.
Here comes the bitterness of the real world. First off there’s not a lot of whitebeard homeless left anymore in my big city. They’re mostly young healthy males, around 20is, give or take 4 years. Healthy except for the heroin thing, you know. Of the remaining older homeless, most if not all are mentally ill. If you give them a free apartment they’ll poop in the corners and start fires. In the daytime they’re mostly fine, if a little aggressive asking for money sometimes. But I work nights in the city, coming up on 30 years. At night, they have the numbers, and everything changes. The humble act falls away with tha last of the commuters, and they become aggressive and predatory. Mostly they attack each other, a shadow world most people never see, where a coveted doorway becomes a turf war, where a young female heroin addict is maybe in trouble, but maybe not, maybe there’s a deal, best to keep walking if it’s not clear. The cardboard mafia runs the back alleys of the city night. Things can happen to your car. Every night. Over and over. You might take a wrong turn and meet up with them far from the fronts of the stores. I go armed, only had to show one time, but I’m a healthy opponent, not some college kid who lost his friends out drinking. Don’t be the Kayla Mueller of the homeless people. Be aware, stay sharp, don’t get personal. Their own families won’t let them in. There might be some people somewhere who are homeless because of some injustice or tragedy, but they’re not even one tenth of one percent, and they don’t stay on the street long, because they’re not mental.
Thank you Sundance. That is a beautiful story.
I have some inheritance money coming in the end of next week. Nothing too big but it’s been a bit of a slog closing it. No end to the things ‘I’ might do with it. I sorta asked the big guy what I should do.
Thinking I just got my answer.
And yeah, it’s dusty in here too. What’s up with that?
I am lost for words. That was so beautiful to watch.
Thank you for this sweet video and yet again for the Treehouse!
Thank you for posting this SD. Not sure why, but it reminded me of the 6th beatitude: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God”
I’m not crying. YOU’RE crying.
Damn keyboard needed a washing anyway.
Thank you for the beautiful post SD ~ 🙂
Perfect summation @2:40: “You know, kindness is a bridge between all people. And so if you’re ever down and you want to lift yourself up, go do something kind for somebody.”
And that’s what it’s all about!
Merry Christmas. Joy in the New Year!
I love that the wealthy businessman stays anonymous. Our Lord told us not to parade our good deeds, and to remember that our Father in heaven sees what we do and approves. :-)))
Also, it really is true that playing Santa is the most fun of all!
Don’t let the left hand know what the right hand does!
Great video! Hubby and I told our kids to donate whatever they were planning to buy us to directly to charity!
Merry Christmas to all you lovely Treepers , Sundance, AdRem, Managerie! God bless you all for the good work you are all doing!
BTW, the charities we chose are St.Jude and Shriners! We’ve been blessed a lot and can’t ask for more!
Thank you for posting that. It was very touching and I’m going to do something to make someone else happy because I saw this. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Feel good stories? Spare me please…makes us feel good though. It’s all good from afar. It’s been a gift from God to have been homeless to witness. It’s nothing like you think. Oh boy, the stories are enldess…its as bad as you think.
I agree. Being considerate and understanding on a daily basis is far, far better than a relative handful of people winning a (rare, and small) lottery. I’ve been homeless. It should be remembered that these people are the one in a million in like circumstances, who DIDN’T get $100. I wonder if the people who cry over a video like this are the ones who have been the most unthinking, even hard-hearted, recently; maybe it hits them harder because it’s so different from what they have been thinking. A ever-kind heart is worth infinitely more than a sudden $100, or $500.
I didn’t like Forest Gump either. What a crock.
(mumble-mumble…grrr….and your little dog too…HO-HO-HO)
THE LONGEST NIGHT
A Carol for Christmas
In all the year there is one night that lasts the longest, when
Out of far times and places, we all turn home again.
Not as we were, nor as we are, but surely something more–
Watchers of one small beacon, over a stable door.
Remember as your journey wends through times that ebb and flow,
A special Providence ever tends the Christmas lamps’ gold glow.
Not on the marvelous Tree alone, nor warmly on the hearth,
But deep in a beloved eye, wonderfully in the heart,
There slumbers an infant yearning, never beyond recall,
Of Kindness, Light, and Promise, this season over all.
What a wonderful gesture.
Thank you for posting SD, giving is receiving.
For several years I have done something similar. I purchase gift cards from a local grocery that does not sell alcohol and pass out the gift cards in their parking lot on Dec 23 or 24. I try to wait as late as I can to catch those who are waiting to the last minute and hoping some how they find some money to purchase a little “holiday” food for their family. It is amazing the responses of people. They look at the card and think you are lying to them, some want to hug you, some just can’t believe it and some say give it to someone who needs it more than I. I try to pass out the cards and disappear because I don’t want any attention. The Lord has blessed our family and we like to bless others as we can. It is a meaningful couple of days.
CBS Sunday Morning is opposite Chris Wallace. I stopped watching Fox Sunday and enjoy CBS very much.
Oh my gosh … What a beautiful story! Love knows no bounds! Merry Christmas & one big happy new year!
Here is another heartfelt story that, I’m sure, continues to this day:
Remember Hurricane Harvey? https://www.southernliving.com/culture/hurricane-harvey-recovery
We were told all white men were bad, especially OLD WHITE MEN! 😉
the dignity of giving…especially when you’re “poor”.
lifting others up.
beautiful story there. ❤ 😀
Sounds about right. It is the homeless, the hurting, the ones on the lowest tier, I have found to be the most giving and caring of people.
THANKS a heap for this lump in my throat, SD!! The Good Lord knows my heart and if it were in my power, I would be doing the very same thing! It is not mine to judge and I have never walked or driven past someone like him without giving what I can. If booze or drugs are bought with it, so be it.
True story. This came up in a conversation we were having about the ‘dead beats and druggies’ standing around begging for hand outs. I related what happened to me (and my daughter (my personal bank when I’m short! LOL), came unglued!) While on the way to Kentucky one time, I got off the interstate for us (me and two of my sisters) to grab some food and fuel. At the bottom of the off ramp, on my side (drivers) stood a young man with the standard sign. I grabbed my purse and all I had in change was a 20$ bill. When I handed it out to him, he began to cry. REAL TEARS! Thanking me and Blessing me at the same time.
About 2 wks. later, I go to the grocery store. Get out, go in, shop, come back out, load food into truck and right beside my door on the ground is a folded bill. I unfold it and it’s a 20! I’m way out there, looking around, no one near at all, and I start to cry. REAL TEARS! 🙏
And that is just one of the many times I’ve had something like that to happen to me. As I said it isn’t my job to judge. It’s my job to do unto others without so much as an after thought. The Big Guy just might be testing me, you know? LOL 👼
It is just a simple mathematics, not “tear-jerking”:
(GIFT$/Wealth$)*100% is always less than (GIFT$/Little$)*100%
In the absolute $ amounts, wealthy people donate more, same as taxes,
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