Anonymous Angels Save Christmas.

Via on Dec 16, 2011

“It was like an angel fell out of the sky and appeared in our store.”

(Photo: Katarina Silva)



We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” 

~ Lucretius




Isn’t it great to hear a heartwarming news story for a change? Some anonymous “angels” have been stepping in to give Santa a little extra help this year. Customers with layaway accounts at their local Kmart stores in Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana and Montana have all gotten calls this week that their accounts have been anonymously paid in full.

It’s unclear as yet whether this is an organized happening, or just inspired individuals. Most of the reports have come from Kmart stores, but a few Wal-Marts have reported similar pay-offs. Reports say that often these “angels” inquired about the accounts that were the most behind, or that had children’s items, when choosing who to help.

In a store in Indianapolis, after paying off the layaway accounts of 50 people, a woman handed out $50 bills and paid for all the purchases of a woman waiting in line.

In the midst of stories about corrupt politicians, horrendous tragedies, senseless corporate greed and censorship,  it’s hard to want to read the news sometimes. Most times what I read motivates me to get involved, to speak up, to vote and to do what I can where I am to create positive change. Sometimes, it just makes me feel angry and tired.

Hearing this news today gives me hope.

The economy may be failing, but we are not failing each other.

(Photo: Pink Sherbet)


Many could look at their tightened belts, and dwindling funds and close off any desire to be of benefit. Instead, people all over are reaching out, seeking out those in need to help where they can. Does it take a guardian angel to give like that, freely, with no desire for anything in return?


It takes you and me.

I’ll lend you a wing!





About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter


12 Responses to “Anonymous Angels Save Christmas.”

  1. Valerie Carruthers Valerie Carruthers says:

    This is a beautiful story, Kate. Whether or not I agree with the retailer's size, policies, where the merchandise comes from, etc, that pales when someone is doing good in the best way they know how to lighten another human's burden. There are all kinds of positive energies (angelic, cosmic, whatever) at work in situations like this, not just green energies with dollar signs. It's not so much that we don't need the big box retailers as that the world just needs more people to truly unbox their hearts. Will share this post.

  2. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    "The economy may be failing, but we are not failing each other." (or at least we shouldn't)

    That's the entire point. We are the change, right? I love it when people step over the “I can’t” and into the “I choose, I do”, when they take matters into their hands and even if they can’t change laws or governments or the economy at large, they change their little daily economy, through creative compassion; the “do what you can with what you have in the way your creativity moves you”.

    Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story Kate! We need more news like this one. There should be a Good News channel .

  3. MarySol says:

    Thank you Kate for sharing this. Giving is nurturing for the receivers and givers, anonymous giving in some ways even more so. everyone needs to love and feel loved, giving and receiving is a way of sharing love!

  4. Christine Matheson says:

    Lovely. Once I heard a homily that stuck with me: in each of us is a radiant being, striving towards fuller radiance. We can choose to either build up each other's radiant being, or drag it down. I love this. I see, in my soul's eye, so many radiant beings soaring upwards in this story.

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  7. TonnaDax says:

    must check – to your friends

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