Anonymous donor helps families in need

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This time of year, Christmas celebrations and gift giving aren’t always easy for families who are down on their luck. This morning, many of them got a special surprise from an anonymous donor at the Salvation Army RJ Montgomery Center.

A 102-year-old man is handing out the story of Jesus and $10 to every person who walks through the door. He’s doing it all out of the goodness of his heart, not for the recognition, asking us to leave out his name.

“A lot of people just don’t believe that somebody would just arbitrarily do that,” Director of the RJ Montgomery Center, Gene Morris said. “I think it’s his calling. He’s a very spiritual person, and I think it’s just something he wants to do.”

For four years, he’s been here to help and he does it all in honor of his wife, who he lost five years ago. On his first Christmas alone he took a drive, ending up at the Salvation Army. That’s when he realized he could help hundreds of people in need.

“I really think that you have to have a big heart to do something like that, and I really think that people who have struggled in life understand and appreciate things more and understand it’s not easy for everybody else,” Breanna Laufenberg said. “I work. I have 2 jobs and I’m still in this situation.”

These families said just a few bucks from a kind man make a huge difference.

“All of the parents are asking their kids like, ‘where do you want to spend your money?’ Like it’s the kids money, you know? So it’s a blessing. It’s amazing that someone is nice enough to come and do that for us,” Misty Ballard said.

“For me and my kids, it’s definitely the little things. Being in a shelter around Christmas time is not the easiest, so when they got to walk through the line and they got their $10 they both started jumping up and down,” Laufenberg said.

With the extra help, the families can now buy new toys, giving the kids the smile every child should be wearing on Christmas.

The anonymous donor handed out over $1,000 this morning, and he hopes his act of kindness will inspire others to do the same.

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