A hat tip to secret Santas everywhere

"Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" — or, in my case, a secret Santa. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 20, I tried to dig out my van (which was parallel parked on Page Avenue in downtown Asheville) from the foot-and-a-half of snow chunks pushed up by the snowplow. My only snow-removal tool was a board, which worked pretty well, but my back started to hurt and I gave up.

A friend came by with her dog and we went for a walk. When we returned, I was surprised to see that someone had finished the job for me, apparently with a real shovel. What a wonderful gift!

Later, a neighbor said she'd seen a tall skinny man shoveling here and there near our building (the Battery Park Apartments). Was he my secret Santa? Whoever it was: Thank you, kind person!

And to everyone: Never underestimate the power of small acts of kindness. They go a long way toward creating peace in our hearts, our communities and our weary world.

Happy holidays!

— Kathleen Crow

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