December 18, 2011; Source: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News | NPQ covered this story about community-based philanthropy when it first began last week. In Nebraska, Montana, Ohio, Idaho, and elsewhere over this past week, the wave of people paying off the Christmas K-Mart layaway accounts of their neighbors continued. Those wishing to pay off the accounts often ask those of families with small children.

The grandmother of five who was the first beneficiary of the anonymous gift says she will be heading to K-Mart with her paycheck anyway—to “pay it forward” to someone else.—Ruth McCambridge