The holiday season should bring joy to everyone, including those not fortunate enough to be born with privileges.
Christmas is a magical time. The people, the streets, the life, everything is filled with lights and happiness. Many things add to the festive spirit, from carols and Christmas recitals to cookies and carnivals. However, it is not the same for everyone. In a video posted by Maddison Contreras—who goes by @logos_by_maddison on TikTok—she talks about something sensitive and crucial, which ends up making her quite emotional.
Contreras begins her video by explaining that her third grader's school was throwing a fundraiser where all the kids would get to meet and click pictures with Santa Claus. Since it was a fundraiser, clicking a picture with Santa Claus requires each kid to pay $5. Now, Contreras' daughter forgot her five bucks, so the former went to her school to drop it off for her. As she was on her way to do so, she realized that they were living in quite an underprivileged area. She then proceeded to think about the many kids who would have made an executive decision not to even ask their parents for money because they knew their parents wouldn't be able to afford it.
So, Contreras called up her daughter's teacher and asked her if this actually was the case in any capacity. The teacher said that many kids who were super happy and excited to click pictures with Santa went silent after the teacher told them they needed to pay five bucks for that. The teacher further said that while the kids were very excited for Santa to come and meet them, paying five bucks for the picture seemed a lot to them and so they were just like, "Oh, okay, cool," about the whole thing.
Contreras continued and said that while her family was also trying to save money, she decided that her daughter, Eleanor's entire class, deserved to meet Santa and get their cute pictures clicked. And so, she did something about it. She said, "And so I just pulled out a bunch of cash and just took it to the school." As she was saying all of this, she broke down and got quite emotional. She said she was doing all of this because she was that kid who didn't even wanna ask her family about extra expenses like this. She said, "I wanted them to feel the magic of Christmas even if it was just $5." She said that Christmas was all about happiness and joy, and if one can pay it forward, they just absolutely should do it. She wished everyone a Merry Christmas before ending the video.
The comment section of the video was full of love and compassion. @christine5874 said, "This proves my belief that moms are the true magic of Christmas and you darling made magic for some less fortunate." @cajunbeauty852 said, "I work at a school and we just had our bookfair. The district covered $15 per student, so they could attend and pick a book. We have about 600 kids." Another teacher, @shvmorris, said, "I'm a retired teacher. The PTA was run by the wealthier parents. They did fundraisers like this for lots of things. I'd just pay for all my students." Offering to help, viewer @pur3mag1cxx asked, "What's your Venmo? I would love to help support this. Made this mama tear up."