Imagine finding a mystery box of cash on your doorstep. That is exactly what happened to one foster mom in Norman.
Laura Deaton blogs about her experience as a foster mom and her life spent "paying it forward." So, instead of this story having an end, this foster mom hopes it will create a new beginning.
"You can't believe the rewards. I'm proof positive of the foster system. God gives back what you give in," Deaton said.
Both Deaton and her daughter not only share their home, but also the holiday with two foster children. This season, Deaton admittedly handed out her last $20 to a cashier at Target just to pay if forward.
"I thought, ‘Well, I'm not sure what I'm going to do now.'"
Then a knock at her front door changed all of that. When she opened the door, no one was there, just a small Christmas box.
"I came in and I said ‘Kids, Santa came.'"
Inside the box the family found nearly $300, a message and a porcelain angel.
"It was like my thank you from God," said Deaton. "We started crying and jumping up and down."
Deaton says she wanted to make a big deal out of such a nice gesture, so she took yet another step on her path of generosity and bought her foster children new shoes. She still has no idea who dropped off the box of money, but the foster mom says she's received gift cards as well as a new bike and a scooter from people across the country.
Now Deaton is taking the opportunity to remind everyone the best way to help is fostering a child.
"This life is about taking care of kids and being generous and just living outside of yourself. That's when it gets good."