As we wrap up a difficult year, it’s important to recognize how many kind people there are in the world.
When KarmaLee Cunning took her 4-year-old son Quinn to their local Canadian Tire store, they were simply looking for some new Christmas lights for their home. Instead, they left with so much more!
The minute they walked inside, Quinn’s attention was caught by a giant 6-foot teddy bear near the entrance. “He was like, ‘Wow! Look at that!’” KarmaLee said. “‘I need that bear!’”
Taking in the size (and price tag), KarmaLee had to veto the idea. She explained that he couldn’t get the bear at that moment, and instead of complaining, her little one showed maturity beyond his years. “OK, I understand, Mom,” he replied.
It was that thoughtful, drama-free reaction that caught the attention of general manager Dave Billingham. Dave heard every word the boy said and it got him thinking.
Dave hasn’t been able to see his own granddaughter in Ontario, and he knows many other kids haven’t seen their grandparents due to COVID-19. He also thought back to when he was a single dad and remembered how many people helped him out when he was struggling.
“I raised my son from the time he was 6 days old,” Dave explained. “I know what I went through and people gave me help.”
So Dave found KarmaLee in the store and asked her if he could purchase the bear as a gift for Quinn. “I started tearing up,” KarmaLee said. “It was a really meaningful gift.”
As KarmaLee and her ecstatic son wheeled the large boxed bear outside, Dave rushed after them to show off a few pictures of his grandchildren. The spontaneous gift turned out to be a perfect way for their two families to give each other what they have been missing this year.
Quinn hasn’t stopped hugging and snuggling with his new bear friend since they brought it home, and his mom is still amazed by Dave’s generosity. Yet for Dave, the pleasure was all his. He just wanted to experience the joy of giving this season.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow to any of us. If you can do something good for somebody, do it,” he added. “You’d be surprised how it makes you feel.”
It really does feel better to give than to receive! What a beautiful way to usher in the holiday season. We hope Quinn enjoys every hug with his giant teddy bear!
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