December 12, 2011; Source: KETV | I like these kinds of stories for their simplicity and localness. In Omaha, Nebraska an anonymous donor walked into the local K-Mart and paid off (except for one penny) the Christmas layaway account of a grandmother of seven. The penny remainder allowed the account to stay active until grandma came in to claim the gifts. It apparently started a trend and others have come into the store – mostly couples in their twenties and thirties – to do the same. Such stuff is what makes community and yes it does make the donors feel better about themselves and requires no rigor in the giving but – being a frequenter of layaway programs when my kids were small, I can only imagine the relief and joy with which the gift was received.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is the founder and Editor Emerita of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.