KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- How would like it if a stranger paid for your groceries? Or brought you a poinsettia or treats to help celebrate the holidays?
It's happening all across the metro area, as employees at one company honor the season by giving back to others.
Instead of throwing a party or exchanging gifts among themselves, workers at the Mission, Kansas, marketing firm, J. Schmid and Associates, are celebrating the holidays by performing random acts of kindness across the metro area.
Whether it be thanking firefighters for their service by delivering them some holiday treats, or buying groceries for strangers checking out at the market, 15 workers from J. Schmid and Associates are bound and determined to spread some holiday joy.
And the company decided the best way to do that is to go out and do nice things for people they don't know.
"It's the true spirit," said Brent Niemuth, creative director at the firm. "We don't expect anything back. it's just a matter of giving. feeling good about it and seeing someone else benefit from it."
Niemuth and two co-workers surprised 89-year-old Betty Rose by showing up at her Armour Oaks retirement home with a Christmas poinsettia. Rose doesn't have family in town, and says ordinarily the holidays are a tough time for her. The surprise visit from total strangers has changed her outlook this year.
"I just didn't know anyone would come around with such beautiful gifts," Rose said. "It's very nice, very nice."
The workers say the feeling they get by putting a smile on a stranger's face can't be beat by any holiday party.
"This year we felt very fortunate," Niemuth said. "It was an opportunity for us to celebrate together as a company. But being so blessed, we thought it was a great opportunity to go out and share with others."
And recipients like Rose say they've received the true spirit of Christmas.
Workers also bought and delivered a Christmas tree to a family that needed one. They gave thank you notes to veterans at the VA hospital. Some even donated blood. All as their way to celebrate the season.