news story "Bus riders get gifts from Secret Santa"

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  1. sgl42

    sgl42 Well-Known Member

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    a while ago, someone on this forum posted how they were a secret santa by hiding money in books and other places that some random person would find.

    this news story reminded me of that. (sorry, i could not find the original forum posting to give the person credit.)

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    "Bus riders get gifts from Secret Santa"

    A woman hopped aboard buses, greeted passengers with "Merry Christmas" and handed each an envelope containing a card and a $50 bill before stepping off and repeating the process on another bus.

    She did it so quickly that descriptions of the woman varied among surprised Spokane Transit Authority passengers on several routes Thursday, The Spokesman-Review newspaper reported Friday.

    "She kind of kept her head down. I don't remember ever seeing this lady before," said bus driver Max Clemons.

    "I had a young man in the back of the bus. He looked like he was going to start crying. He said in broken English, 'She don't know how much this will mean to me at Christmas,'" Clemons said.

    Transit authority spokesman Dan Kolbet said efforts to identify the gift-giver were unsuccessful. Her generosity didn't appear to be part of a marketing gimmick, he said.

    The woman gave envelopes to about 20 passengers, he said. Each was sealed with a sticker that said: "To a friend from a friend."

    The woman, accompanied by one or two young boys, pulled the envelopes out of a cloth satchel. The buses were pulling away from stops before riders even knew what happened.

    "There was a lot of excitement. People were making calls on their cell phones," said driver Terry Dobson, who had two of his trips visited by the mystery woman. "The people on those buses really needed the money."

    Hours after the impromptu gift-giving, Dobson was still giddy.

    "It was just a neat thing," he said. "It makes you tingle all over."

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    merry christmas all!
    --sgl
     
  2. Wildwood Flower

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    longshadowfarms Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for sharing that story!!! In a world where there is so much negative, positive stories like this stand out like beacons of light!
     
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    countryheart Well-Known Member

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    That is so nice. Thanks for telling us about the story. Maybe she was an angel.

    Countryheart
     
  5. Ken in Maine

    Ken in Maine Well-Known Member

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    "There was a lot of excitement. People were making calls on their cell phones," said driver Terry Dobson, who had two of his trips visited by the mystery woman. "The people on those buses really needed the money."


    Okay.. did I miss something. Were the people on the cell phones the recipients of the fifty dollars??? A cell phone to me is a luxury not a necessity.
     
  6. Wags

    Wags Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Some folks don't live in a place they can get a landline - so there only option is to get a cell phone if they want to have contact with friends, family or employers.
     
  7. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Not to mention the ability to make calls without long distance charges. All we have is a cell phone, no landline. It's cheaper that way.
     
  8. Ken in Maine

    Ken in Maine Well-Known Member

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    One would assume that these folks lived in the city.. after all they were on transit busses were they not