Thank You, Alex: ‘Christmas Miracles Aren’t Just Found in Movies’

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to remind everyone that Christmas miracles aren’t just found in movies, they can happen anywhere.

My family has had a very hard year, my husband lost his job and has been unable to find a new job after months of searching. We have two boys (6 and 8) and I have been dreading Christmas, because we had no extra money to buy our children Christmas presents.

To try and save Christmas for my family I went to Target to try my last credit card, I filled my cart with everything that my kids wanted and headed to the register praying that it would accept the transaction.

I figured that we could deal with the debt later, I just didn’t want my kids to go without on Christmas Morning.

When the cashier finished scanning everything I handed him my credit card. I closed my eyes and asked God for a Miracle hoping that the transaction would be approved.

It was declined.

I was frozen, I didn’t know what to do.

I was embarrassed as everyone around was now staring at me impatiently. I asked the cashier to try the card again as I tried to explain my situation, I closed my eyes and said another prayer.

It was Declined again.

The cashier said that I needed to pay for the items or he would have to move on to the next customer. I started to cry as I told him I had no other way to pay.

Then a young man that was at the end of the line for this register came up and handed the cashier his credit card.

He looked at me, smiled and said ‘Merry Christmas.’

This young man looked like he was just out of high school, so I can’t imagine he has tons of money for himself. That didn’t stop him for paying hundreds of dollars and single handedly saving Christmas for my family.

I asked if I could hug him, he smiled and said ‘Of course.’

I hugged him as I started to cry tears of Joy, still in shock from this young man’s incredibly selfless act of kindness.

I asked for his name, he responded, ‘Alex.’

Then I asked for his phone number, so I could call him when I had the money to repay him. He declined, saying something like… ‘I don’t want to be reimbursed, if you get back on your feet try to help someone else out.”

I then asked him again for his phone number, this time saying that I just wanted it so that my husband could call to thank him.

He paused, but agreed and handed me his business card.

His full name is Alexander D. Eder, from Stillwater, Minnesota…

I would like to publicly thank him for saving Christmas for my Family. If you know Alex personally, count your blessings because this is an amazing young man that is making this world a better place.

If you ever find yourself in a position to do something nice for Alex, please do it because he deserves it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

— A thankful family from Saint Paul