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.
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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