Friday, December 23, 2011

Target is F**king Magical, Y'all

I had a plan. And a list. And, hello, lists are non-negotiable. So I'm still wondering how I wound up with $535 dollars worth of unnecessary extraneous crap-McLovin-is-gonna-kill-me awesome stuff from Target.
[Editor's Note: This was actually her entire holiday shopping. As much as it killed her to do it all at the last minute, she sort of had to because of her swanky new job and also a certain experiment that sort of kept her from doing anything holiday-related in her real life. xo, Lydia]

I should have known better than to go super early on a Saturday morning, because it defies the Target Rule. Which goes like this: The amount of time you spend in Target is inversely proportional to the number of people who are currently there. [Editor's Note: English please, Kate. Gah. Stop acting all science-y. Hooker. - Lydia]

Fine. If you walk into Target and there's thirty-eleven hundred people there, you quickly race to the kitty litter and toilet paper and ketchup and you get the hell out. However, when there are seven people there, by the time you leave, you can re-stock the shelves, because you've looked at everything. [Editor's Note Back: Duh. You're the hooker. -Kate]

I went right after it opened. By the time I got to the checkout, I was six days closer to Christmas, and the cart had stuff that I'm still not sure why I bought it. And Sharpies. A. LOT. OF. SHARPIES. I'm pretty sure I can recolor, ummm, Earth.

The dude at the checkout counter was sooo awesome. Right up until the end when he was all, "Here you go, Mrs. McLovin. Here's your ten dollar gift card!" And I was all, "SWEET! Wait. How much money do you have to spend to get a gift card?"

Target Guy: "You get one for spending seventy-five dollars. You're welcome!"
Me: "Uhhh, I just spent $535 dollars."
Target Guy: "Yeah. You qualify. Congratulations!"

Me: "You're cute. But I should get, like, twenty-seven of them."
Target Guy: [looks at ceiling - I think he was doing math. Math is hard.]

Me: "If you would have told me, I would have divided up the order into mini-seventy-five dollar purchases."
Target Guy: "But you didn't."
Me: "Because you didn't tell me about the gift cardiness."

Target Guy: "But you still get one! Congratulations! Thanks for shopping at Target!"
Me: [glares at Target Guy] "Can I use my ten dollar gift card."
Target Guy: "YES! The next time you come."
Me: "You're lucky it's Christmas and I'm all benevolent-y and stuff..."
Target Guy: "Benevolent-y. Yes, that's what I was thinking."

And then I sorta liked that he was mouthy, so despite being 26 giftcards short, I gave him McLovin's my credit card. And that's when the family in the next checkout lane caught my attention.

It was their son. He was bouncing around and throwing a ball and then fetching it because throwing is easy and catching is hard. So he was skidding all over the checkout aisles trying to retrieve a ball that went up in a fairly vertical way and then came down in a way that was as close as I can imagine to trying to catch an oiled pig. And he didn't have on shoes because he was using the built in feet in his pajamas as shoes, which is awesome because he had on a coat and a hat and even those little mittens poking out of the edges of his coat sleeves because the mittens are connected by a realllllllly long piece of yarn or whatever that makes it like potential kid handcuffs, which really let's face it, that's brilliant. And I can only imagine that his mom was trying to get out the door before the Target Rule kicked in and ruined her shopping trip and was like, "FINE! You have a coat and a hat and you even have mittens. Screw shoes." which totally makes her my kind of mom with the exception that I love shoes and basically start my outfit with footwear. Semantics.

So, errant ball...and I'm done and supposed to be leaving. But I waited, because I hear this.

Husband: "Please. Jennifer. Stop. It's not going to work."
Wife: "It will."
Husband: "Honey, I can't -- we can't afford this if..."

Wife: "It'll work. It has to work. Please work...please work."

And she opened her purse and took out an envelope and took out a gift card inside that envelope. And she paused and slid it through that little credit card machine.

And I couldn't move.

And for a moment, there was this -- nothingness. The cash register was quiet. The cashier was quiet. They were quiet. I think by this point I had forgotten to breathe.

And just like that the little receipt spit out like a streamer at a fourth of July parade. And she started crying and her husband wrapped his arm around her. And they started loading their bags in the cart.

Husband: "Show me the card again."

Wife: [handed him the envelope]
Husband: "Who is it?"
Wife: "I don't know.
Husband: "I still don't get it."

Wife: [smiled and shrugged her shoulders]
Husband: [kissed her on the forehead]

And right as they were finishing up and heading out, she looked up and saw me standing there.
"Oh my god. It's Kate."

And then the tears came. In public. I should also maybe point out at the moment that I had on no makeup, hadn't brushed my hair, and was wearing...sneakers. I was as un-Kate as I could be. I'd like to think I'd be unrecognizable. Apparently....no.

Jennifer: "Hi."
Me: "Hi."
Jennifer: "I got Christmas stuff because of you."
Husband: "Who is this?"
Jennifer: "She's the reason we got the giftcard. [to me] I want to hug you, but you don't do that."
Me: "Yeah, no. I think I'll just stand right here, OK?"
Jennifer: "OK." [more tears] "Thank you for doing this."

Me: "No, please. You guys did this."

And I looked down at my cart full of random crap and too many Sharpies and maybe a T-box, and -- from all my mad spy skillzzzz -- knew that hers had socks and cereal and a big box of toilet paper and definitely Legos which made me happy and let's not forget the slippery ball in the hands of that sweet squishy boy and I wished more than anything there was a sweet elderly lady with the obligatory tissue tucked in her sleeve.

And that's when squishy snuggled up to his mama and asked to go to the bathroom...and I smiled and maybe laughed a little, and started to head out the door. And as I got to the car, I wished - more than even the Tissue Lady - that I could have peeked at that card, and seen what one of you had written to Jennifer. I hoped that it said something like "MERRY CHRISTMAS, HOOKER!" and had made her laugh and cry at the same time, and maybe even disbelieve just a little bit that it would actually work. Because who sends a gift card to a total stranger?

Lefty is right about the age when he starts doubting whether Santa exists. Last year, I read him "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" mostly because I'm not ready for my son to give up the beauty that comes from believing in something improbable. This year, I let him read your stories. He might not be sure about Santa, but this he knows:

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

So, thank you MommyLand. Thank you for showing us that love and generosity and devotion exist, even among strangers. Thank you for sharing that beauty and joy that comes when something magical and extraordinary happens.

And, for me especially, thank you for making it happen at Target. Oh how I love that store.

Oh, and I'm really sorry if you tried to buy Sharpies. I am trying to color the Earth, after all...

xoxo Kate

PS We'll be posting all of your "My Story" stories all next week as Lydia and I and all of MommyLand spend the week with our families. Merry Christmas, hookers.


(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2011

116 comments:

  1. Bawling like a baby. Thanks for this, and Merry Christmas to both of you.

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  2. great, and now my son wonders why I am crying. You guys are so freaking awesome!

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  3. Dang it, you made me cry again...
    Stephani

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  4. Ah, this story gave me goosebumps!!!

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  5. Sobbing... I'm sobbing here. I've never commented before, but you two are awesome. This whole experiment is what Christmas is really about!

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  6. *crying now* I am amazed, and inspired at your "little" hooker experiment. Merry Christmas...

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  7. tears are POURING down my face. i'm so happy. my faith in humanity is restored.

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  8. You have me bawling like an effing baby.... thank you SO much for sharing that. I love that you got to actually see the magic happen when someone was able to give their kids Christmas. I love all the Helping Hookers and the incredible, wonderful, insanely awesome things we did for Moms that just needed a little extra help. Mommyland is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Merry Christmas!

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  10. ::tears:: oooo-mazing :) :) :)

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  11. Are you going to make me ugly cry every single day this Christmas? Seriously? This was awesome.

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  12. Dang it, Kate, now my coffee's salty. I <3 you three.

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  13. That was awesome. I almost cried but the girl is sitting next to me and then she'd get upset b/c I was crying and I'd have to try to explain why and she probably wouldn't get it. But what a great stories. Hookers rock!

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  14. Holding back the ugly cry...

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  15. Ive been so damn emotional all morning and you go and add to it with this. Competely and totally awesome. Someone made a huge difference in that lovely family's holiday.

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  16. You know how other blogs have "spoiler warnings"? Y'all should start using "mascara warnings" before posts like this. I'm at work -- I'm not supposed to be getting all weepy when I'm being totally professional and not at all goofing around on the internet!

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  17. I'm hysterically crying reading this, because I was the recipient of gift cards from a fabulous hooker, who made Christmas for my son that much more special. Kate and Lydia, you hookers are the best. Merry Christmas to you and your families. God Bless you.

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  18. this is priceless....so glad to participate this year! Hookers rock!

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  19. Thank you for writing this, thank you for doing this, thank you for restoring my faith in humanity! Being a helping hooker was the best present I could have gotten myself this year.

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  20. This is SO awesome!!! Thank you for sharing this and thank you so much for promoting this whole experiment! It is an invaluable thing! Really!! Times are so hard right now and it's nice to know that there are so many genuinely generous people out there who are willing to help.....I'm just lost for words. Many kudos and thanks!

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  21. It's my birthday, goshdarnitall! As if it's not bad enough having a Christmas Eve Eve birthday, now you have me starting off My Day with an ugly cry! Completely amazing that you got to experience a bit of the magic you helped to create. Love it...even though I'm all snotty now.

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  22. You made me cry last night when you forwarded the email from my hooker an now you made me cry again!! and I never cry! Thank you guys for making Christmas happen for so many and recruiting the rest of us as Santa's Hooker's....I mean helper's ;-)

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  23. Bawling. Thanks for making amazing things happen.

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  24. Thanks for renewing my Christmas Spirit, again, right when I need it! Happy Holidays Hookers!

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  25. Crying my eyes out.. Just as my kids come barreling down the stairs demanding breakfast - going to blame sinuses.. You guys are awesome!

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  26. Just awesome! I'm so glad I was able to participate in this great experiment.

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  27. Ugly cry. First thing in the morning.

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  28. Blast you for making me ugly cry in front of my kid, I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm crazy now! Love you all!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  29. OMG I'm pregnant and crying at work and am just in awe of you guys and what you have done for families in need this time of year. You gals are amazing!

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  30. Drip...drip....drip...where are my damned tissues? Shirt sleeve will have to do....

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  31. Ugly crying. Again. Merry Christmas hookers!

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  32. Oh you Hooker, I'm ugly-crying all over the place. You are so lucky that I'm about the only one in the office today. Merry Christmas ladies.

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  33. So, Here's a thought. All of us that still have our names of people we sent cards to...... How about randomly for a while, we just keep doing it. Just send another gift card whenever we can. ......... I like it!

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  34. sitting here crying like my kids when i say no to them. that was most awsome story

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  35. made me cry at work too. You guys rock! Merry Christmas.

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  36. Great. Now I'm ugly-crying in the middle of my hotel room, and my three year old just woke up and is demanding that I, and not my husband, take the walk past the front desk to get to the free breakfast.
    Thanks, Hookers.

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  37. Tears streaming down my face from the beauty and awesomeness of what you, we, have done. So thankful that I could be part of your experiment! Merry Christmas everyone!!

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  38. sitting here crying in my coffee...I love you hookers!

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  39. Crying in my coffee... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  40. the hair on the back of my neck is standing up and I'm sobbing like a damn baby!

    this. is. AWESOME!

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  41. way to make a hooker cry first thing in the morning!! Merry Christmas :)

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  42. Totally sobbing in my smoothie. So awesome.

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  43. BTW I would have returned the cart full of stuff and repurchased it in $75 transactions to get all the $10 gift cards I was due.

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  44. And now I'm crying. And I don't ever cry at stuff like this. You hookers are the best hookers ever. Prima Hookers. Hookers Extraordinaire.

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  45. This was awesome! Thank you for sharing & adding to my Christmas joy.

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  46. Crying into my breakfast, thanks to all the hookers who made that possible! I couldn't make it work this year but I swear I am saving now for next year. You guys are awesome!!

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  47. Sobbing..in a good way. That was just awesome. Loved the story...thanks for sharing.

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  48. InsanityisthreegirlsDecember 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Standing in a street corner in downtown DC with crooked little Santa hat on and tears running down my face and laughing. Thank you for helping me find the Christmas spirit that I haven't been able to find until now. Merry Christmas Hookers!

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  49. Thanks to a couple of helping Hookers and a beautiful Hooker Angel, I was able to buy shoes that I'd been putting off buying till my paychecks stabilized, about 4 pairs (2 for each kid) and other things. Every drop went to those kids and for once my maxxed out credit card was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks again and I do plan on sending out a Thank You card......it'll be late but it'll be sent:)

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  50. I was one of those women at Target praying that the gift card worked and then crying at the register. And this was after bawling like a baby to my husband when we initially received the card in the mail. Thank you so much Hookers. I love you and my boys will love you so much when they open their presents. - Rachel D.

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  51. So proud. To be part of this. To know that there are lots of mommies out there that helped. And to know that next year, I'll plan ahead so I can help more mommies (maybe buy a gift card each month and stock up!). This has been my very best gift this year. Thank you so much, Kate, Lydia and Guru Louise. Merry Christmas!

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  52. I'm crying too. Mainly because I know just how Jennifer felt at that moment. I was lucky -- BLESSED -- enough to be a recipient of FIVE helping hookers' generosity. Five. I am humbled to the point that I haven't told anyone about it because I don't know what to say. How do you explain to someone that five total strangers just flat out GAVE you money at Christmas? I haven't even told my husband, because he would be ashamed (has major guilt over losing half of his salary this year). But I have thanked God every day for this incredible experiment in human kindness and compassion, not only because it bought my family groceries for 2 weeks, but because of the joy, love and grace I've received on top of it all.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you -- to ALL of you. I hope by this time next year, I will be able to pay it forward to five more mommies who are hanging by a thread. <3

    And everyone who prays: don't forget about your low-income mommy hooker friends when Christmas is over... please continue to pray for us, and that we can get back on our feet and provide the best start in life possible for our kids. Thank you.

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  53. I am soooo ugly crying right now!!! Unfortunately, I'm a receptionist at a law firm and I now have huge black mascara streaks running down my face, but, I don't care! I'm so glad that I participated in this hooker experiment that I cant wait to do it again for Christmas next year! Being a hooker was awesome! And my DH totally loved it, too! Merry Christmas Hookers, and all of MommyLand, too!

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  54. You guys suck for making me cry but what you have done for so many has been amazing. Words can never say how much it means for those in need. Have great holidays from a family in Ireland.....

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  55. Your posts have made me a little weepy before. Like, a tear or two. I'm not an especially cry-y person. But, oh, my. I'm bawling. You hookers are amazing. Wear those pink sparkle halos proudly.

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  56. I got a gift card ... no idea from where of who, but it changed everything for us this Christmas. Thank you to the universe, and Merry Christmas!

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  57. Again, Kate!? Really?! Tears before coffee again.
    Love this story though and can't wait to hear the others. I hope the two hookers I was able to help write in, I'd love to hear their stories. Merry Christmas!

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  58. Thank you for helping me remember that there is still kindness from strangers. You are amazing.

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  59. Thank you for doing this project! It's helped in ways you never imagined and there are lots of people that are truly thankful! Including me! Thank you!

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  60. Another one crying here. With goosebumps. So glad you got to see it in person.

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  61. This made me cry...totally...
    Sooo sweet...

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  62. . . . and. . . ugly crying. Thanks :)

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  63. Totally crying, at work... I was a Helping Hooker and I know I got much more from giving a gift card than Abby got from receiving it. I don't need anything else for Christmas; this is perfect.

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  64. to much wine last night, this story this morning equals headache, goosebumps and tears and snot cuz i'm a biohazard crier. thank you hookers again for helping this grinch with her Christmas spirit.

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  65. I got my gift card last night. I couldn't figure out who the heck had sent me anything because the adults no longer do Christmas presents since no one has any money. When I opened my gift from Katherine I was so shocked! I could barely believe a total stranger, from another state, would be so generous as to send me a gift card with a sweet message inside. I really hope that next year I can be a Helping Hooker and pass on the love you all have shared across the country. Merry Christmas everyone. (ok, now I am going to go cry). :)

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  66. Omg I'm laying in bed balling my eyes out right now. You hookers are lucky my kids aren't up yet! Sorry ugly cry yesterday when my sister called me to tell me that two random people that she didn't know had her gift cards in the mail. She didn't know that I had submitted her for this project. Now she's able to give her 3 kids a beautiful christmas thanks to you guys.

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  67. You girls are amazing to have organized all that for us....thank you!

    Goose bumps and crying here....

    And yes, I too, would have returned all that stuff and re-bought it so I could have gotten all those gift cards I was due. AND I would have shouted down the line to everyone else about the gift card deal so everyone else could buy in such a way to get all the gift cards they were due too (cuz we are all so very needing the money right now, right? Every little bit helps!)

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  68. There should be some tissue warning at the beginning. Damn you, Kate and Target. At least, my son's sp ed teacher had left and didn't see me start to cry. All the hookers that did this were spectacular. What a way to help out another mama!

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  69. So yeah, I admit you Hookers have made me cry before. But this is the first time I've had to actually blow my nose along with wiping away the tears (desperately trying not to smear my mascara because I'm at work!). What an amazingly awesome story!

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  70. I'm blaming the pregnancy hormones for why I'm crying right now.

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  71. "Santa's Hookers"! Love it!!

    So proud to have been part of this Great Experiment!! Just stopped crying enough to write this. You guys are beautiful, no matter what you might be wearing!! :)

    Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!!

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  72. Kate, I LOVE YOUR HOOKER FACE!

    The next time I see you I'm going to tackle you to the ground and hug you. I'm secretly scrappy as hell. Get ready...

    xoxox
    Guru Louise

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  73. I love you ladies! And all of Mommyland! I can only hope my gift card was received and put to use before Christmas. She doesn't know she's getting one since her name was submitted for her... I hope whomever sent in her name lets her know that it's for real! :-) Love you ALL! Merry Christmas, and please enjoy the time with your family...

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  74. crying. second time this morning. thanks.

    and i mean it. THANKS.

    being a helping hooker -- twice (what a Target slut I am!!) -- has been the best part of this holiday.
    THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE.

    MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS, girls.

    (and I too would have returned the cart full of stuff and repurchased it in $75 transactions to get all the $10 gift cards I was due. In fact, I've done it more than once. And I would have handed her the $10 I had in my hand, too!)

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  75. My kids are starting to think that the computer is where Mama goes to cry...

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  76. For the past 4 years I have run a program like this for Guard/Reserve military families in AZ. I do this on a volunteer basis by myself (enough about me already) and it is not as easy as some people think. Each year an anonymous donor hands me cash, tells me to pick 1 family that really is deserving of it (that is the really hard part because they all could use it) and hand deliver it to them. I never thought of myself as a 'HOOKER' but yeah, I guess I fit the name after your not-so-little experiment. It is amazing how good it can make one feel inside to help out another person (even if it's only a little bit) knowing that some kid will have SOMETHING to open (no matter what holiday they celebrate) and that their teeny tiny dreams aren't dashed to pieces! This year the family I chose was easy to pick and that big WARRIOR cried when I handed him $$$. When I was done (and feeling warm and fuzzy-ish inside) I got a call from a dear friend who had a really HOR.RI.BLE. year (cancer, divorce) and we talked for a long time. She was happy that she is on the road to good health, her bills are paid & she has food, her 2 grown sons are living at home to help HER out physically, emotionally and financially... then she said "honey I feel bad that I can't afford to put even 1 present under the tree for my 'boys', they do so much and are my everything"... You know what happened? Out came the HOOKER in me! My husband (aka GIJOE) delivered my HOOKER-ISH purchases to her this morning. She called, we cried.... The SPIRIT is ALIVE!

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  77. I loved being a "Santa Hooker" and I think it made me appreciate this holiday season soooo much more. I'm thankful that I was able to help someone have a merry Christmas, thanks to you awesome ladies.

    xo, Suzy

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  78. LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Nothing more to say <3

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  79. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G That you got to see your MAGIC actually happening right in front of your eyes. If you ever had doubts of your saintlyhood - this should clear it right up.
    LOVE YOU HOOKERS...My heart is full!

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  80. Oh for Maude's sake. I had this FANTASTIC bad mood going on and was grinching my way around my Friday morning and you had to go and make me all Christmasy and weepy and Targety. You marvelous hookers, you.

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  81. Thank you for reminding me what this season is all about. I sit here crying while rocking my baby to sleep and will make sure I embrace and enjoy the blessings I have.

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  82. I got to be a Helping Hooker this year for an awesome Mommy and her son. Cannot wait to read all the stories next week. I know this: I won't be wearing any mascara and will have a box of tissues ready.

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  83. A little shout-out to Tara, whose Domestic Enemies post sort of set this all in motion - does she even know what all came of that? Please tell me she got a gift card!

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  84. Best Christmas project EVER! Thank you so much for posting this story and for all the hard work ya'll put in to get people matched up. November was a miserable month for me with lots of medical tests and stuff but I was able to get in the Christmas spirit by being a Helping Hooker both through this site and locally with someone in need. That and feeling well again are the best presents I've received in a long time. Bless you both!

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  85. I love this. This is what the holiday season is all about. I am so glad that you got to actually witness this happen. How amazing. Thank God for you both for making this happen. Merry Christmas!!

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  86. OMG. I am blubbering like a fool. And ugly crying. And the snot and tears are getting all mixed up on my face. *Sigh* I love you guys.

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  87. I'm not a mom and probably won't be for some time. I love you guys though. You did an amazing thing this Christmas and have caused me to cry multiple times on a weekly basis all month...but you've also made me smile. As far as I'm concerned, this was quite possibly my favorite part of this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Hookers!

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  88. glad to see I'm not the only one crying while reading this. I kind of missed out on the giving bit this year, but I do think all of you that gave are all full of all kinds of awesomeness.

    We are not able to help others financially this year, but my goal for 2012 is to take just $2 of our weekly grocery budget each week and save for Christmas time next year, to help someone out someone else. I am hoping to do this through you next year.. if you do the Hooker experiment again!

    I have had some trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year.. but thanks to you all, I am reminded the spirit of Santa is alive and well.

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  89. Trying not to weep in front of my kids. This is why I don't wear mascara that isn't waterproof. Merry Christmas everyone.

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  90. To Emily M. in Minneapolis, Minnesota......Words can not express my gratitude. Merry Christmas to all you Helping Hookers out there. I love you all.

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  91. Glad you got to see a hooker in action. Wishing you a merry merry, happy happy and all that good stuff.

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  92. I read this this morning. Then I went to Target. For crying out loud, literally!!!! I was walking by the home appliances, and remembered your sweet story, and teared up again. God bless you hookers!!! Merry Christmas! (I'm saving my pennies so I can be a helping hooker next year.)

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  93. How fabulous. I love that you got to SEE the hookers in action. Wait. that doesn't sound right. ha ha.

    Merry Christmas to all!

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  94. It took me three tries to get through this and I am still crying. I am so thankful you put people who needed a boost with people who wanted to give.

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  95. Oh yeah, ugly crying here, too. Like the one lady said - biohazardous. ;) I can't wait to read the stories next week - makes my heart happy. Even while ugly crying.

    To Jennifer that saw Kate: I hope you and your hubby and Squishy have a Merry Christmas. You are loved. You are a hooker. Praying 2012 brings you joy and peace. And major props for remembering to not hug Kate. I'm a hugger, not sure I would have remembered. ;)

    To Guru Louise: I want picks of you tacklehugging Kate!!!!

    May all of the Hookers in Mommyland have a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!!

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  96. I am going to stop reading your blog at work! Huge black mascara tears! This was such an amazing project. Gosh, I love Mommyland.

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  97. My eyes are all gushy now. I'm so gald for all the moms out there who had a Helping Hooker. My friend got a gift card the other day from an HH in MN. Thank you nice lady for making my friend's holiday just a little bit better. :)

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  98. To me that's another sign that everything happens for a reason! No such thing as coincidence!!

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  99. And THAT is what Christmas is all about!!!!!!

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  100. DONE reading this blog, I tell ya! I think I've cried every time I've read it for the past month! Merry Christmas, Hookers. Thanks for giving me some faith in humanity.

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  101. Oh, wow. Ugly crying here, too.
    Totally impressed that Jennifer remembered not to hug Kate, I'm sure I would have forgot at that point. Love the name Squishy.
    I wasn't 'technically' a Helping Hooker, but I sent anonymous $$ this year to 2 local very needy families, which I wouldn't have thought to do without you ladies, so even though I wasn't part of your official tally, I consider myself one of your Helpers any ways. Absolutely <3 love <3 you ladies - Merry Christmas!!
    -Kathy

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  102. This post actually made me cry! I know what I'm doing next year!

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  103. I just liked this story on my facebook...in spite of the fact that half of my church people are facebook friends and the title says "f**king" and the story has the word "hooker" in it, it's a great story! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, and just all around blessings to all, and to all a good night!

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  104. Wow, I'm so glad I'm not alone in crying like a baby at this. Also really glad my husbands not home, I'm sure he'd be making fun of me right now. Beautiful story.

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  105. Kathy, you helped and that makes you a Helping Hooker-congratulations :-) And thanks for helping out another person who could use a little brightness in their holiday :-)

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  106. I cried, too. I didn't put my contact info on the gift I sent because I didn't want my Hooker to feel obligated to contact me, but I sure would love to hear her story! Thanks again, Kate and Lydia for making this Christmas so special for so many!

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  107. You guys are so cool. Here's to coloring the world... and making strangers cry.

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  108. I think this might be my favorite post ever. I've read it about 100 times since you've posted it, and cried every single time. I know reading it is going to make me cry, but I can't help myself, I have to read it again. And again. You've definitely earned your glitter halo's, thank you for being amazing. Merry Christmas hookers!

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  109. I like sharpies. Thanks for making this a lovely Christmas for all of us.

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  110. *sniff* This makes me cry, because my son and I were on the receiving end of a gift card. And I was able to buy toys for my baby, and food. And now I'm crying again.

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  111. I just found your blog and I am now frantically trying to read it in it's entirety. This post made. me. cry. like a baby. I love knowing there are amazing, giving, loving people in the world. Thank you for highlighting them. And for making me laugh and cry at the same time. I'm sure those around me don't think I'm weird at all. ;)

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