Websites like www.craigslist.org
are becoming increasingly popular for selling your old stuff or looking for a roommate. But one Billings woman found a different use this holiday season.
Beki Wald says, like everyone else, she complains about the little things. That old clothes no longer fit and that she is always tripping over her children's toys.
"I talk to my sister in law who lives in Kansas City almost on a daily basis, and one day it hit us, why are we complaining? Neither one of us is monumentally wealthy. But we have nice homes and wonderful husbands, and so many people in this world don't have that. Neither one of us can give enough to everyone but we thought well maybe we could do something. So we decided to put an ad on Craigslist."
Beki's ad said simply this: that she couldn't give much, but that she wanted to help a less fortunate family this holiday season. She got so many responses that she realized she couldn't help them all. She chose a family right here in Billings and one from another Montana town.
"There's some pretty sad stories and I would never want my children to be in that situation."
Beki doesn't want any credit for what she's doing, she only hopes it inspires others to help in any way they can. She says it doesn't take much to make a difference in someone's life.
"It really touched me because you would never think to give something like this to someone for Christmas, but they said they need shampoo and dish soap and toilet paper." "The goal is if I could put a smile on one child's face and relieve the stress from parents who were wondering how are we going to do this, this year; that is thanks enough for me."