Children are truly the best part of Christmas celebrations. Seeing the wonder and excitement in their eyes seriously bumps up the holiday spirit.
It’s a common tradition of Christmas, where kids get plenty of gifts lying under the tree, but there are a few exceptions who find their true joy in giving. Now kids are not the people having a lot of cash tugged under their sleeves but this did not stop a young man named Gabe. He had his eye on just the thing for his mom, and he knew she had to have it.
Gabe’s mother, El Marie posted an account of their unusual shopping trip on Facebook the day before Christmas. They had gone to d usual shopping for the Christmas day when Gabe went off to run his own errand while she shopped.
Standing at a checkout lane, a woman stopped her and said, “Your son is something special. He is an absolute angel!”
The mom further added, “Then, as I approached the checkout, I noticed three or four employees scurrying around, and giving me sly looks. One was carrying a roll of wrapping paper. Gabe comes running over to me with ‘Mom, don’t look. Don’t come yet. I’m not through with your gift yet.’”
Confused, she asked her son where he has gotten the cash to pay for anything at all.
Soooooo, ummm. . . while at Target this morning Gabe announced that he was going to go see if they still had the gift he…
She asked her son, “What are you talking about, Boy? You dont have any money.”
Her son adorably replied, “I just need that $20 I made from working at your job last week,” and so she handed it over while onlookers smiled knowingly.
Adding to her amusement, the cashier told her she had an amazing son. Still confused to everything that was going on, the mom finished up and met her son at the door. He had a big, wrapped box in his hands.
He said, “Mom, I heard you say you wanted this. I hope you love it when you open it on Christmas.”
She asked her son, “Gabe. . How did you pay for this? And. . . Target doesn’t wrap presents. How did you get this one wrapped?”
Gabe innocently replied, “I didnt want you to see it so the people wrapped it. I want it to be a surprise.”
At this point, mom was shocked at his explanation and wrote that “this is when I lost it, emotionally.”
Gabe said, “When they rang it up it was $80. I didnt have that much, and I told them I wanted to get you this surprise, so a lady in line behind me paid the other $60.”
“Me: Wh. . aat, Gabe? What lady? Did you know her? Did you thank her?”
“Gabe: (nonchalantly) Yes, Mom. . I hugged her, I thanked her a whole bunch, and I said ‘God bless you.’”
On Christmas day, Gabe filmed his mom opening up the much-anticipated gift. IT was a winter coat she wanted at Target as her present coat was a little worse for wear.
The overwhelmed mother further wrote on Facebook, “I certainly underestimated my Gabe. I would really like to thank the woman who showed my Chocolate Drop love in action, and renewed my faith in people. Please share our story in the hopes that it might reach her, allowing me the opportunity to thank her in person for her kindness.”
Source – Western Journal