Grab the tissues.  Seriously, you're going to need them...

Just when I thought that Christmas had once again been bought and sold by the likes of Walmart and other big box stores, along comes a modern-day holiday miracle that restores my faith in the human soul.  

The miracle came in the form of an innocent blog post written by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. 

"If you're struggling for money right now and don't know how you'll give your kids presents," she wrote last Wednesday on, "I'll e-mail a $30 Amazon gift card to the first 20 people who leave a comment explaining why it would make a difference in their lives right now."

Lawson didn't set out to change hundreds of lives with the click of her keyboard. She was simply trying to give a little back to 20 or so families in need during the holidays. But what she didn't realize at the time was that her blog post, in combination with her fiercely loyal readership of 10,000 fans, would fundamentally change Christmas for hundreds of her readers.

As Lawson expected, the 20 cards she offered to give out went fairly quickly. But what she didn't expect was how many people would jump on her bandwagon and offer to pick up where she left off in the gift-giving.  

At the final tally on Monday (when Lawson finally had to cut the project off) she had matched up hundreds of people in need with hundreds who were willing to help.  

"Over 900 gift cards were sent out by 689 people who were so thrilled to help. 450 people who needed small Christmas miracles received donations for medicine, food, or presents under the tree for their children. No large corporations got involved. No one only offered to donate if they got something out of it themselves. With no sponsorships, no ulterior motives and with only a simple need to reach out and help a perfect stranger, 689 everyday, normal people (Jewish, Christians, Atheists, Muslims and more) sent out over $40,000 worth of donations to make sure Christmas came," Lawson wrote on Monday.

Who said Christmas miracles don't happen? Thank you Jenny Lawson and your amazing readers for grabbing hold of the true meaning of the holiday season and making a difference to so many in need.  

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