A story of Christmas just past: on Friday, December 18th, Eulalia & Frank Cantu had finished up their grocery shopping at a local Wal-Mart and were waiting in line. They offered to let a young man who only had two items go ahead of them. He asked if they were sure, and if they had the Christmas spirit? They confidently answered, “We do!” Upon going to pay for their groceries, totaling $20.73, they were told by the smiling cashier that the young man had left a $20 bill toward their purchase — an unexpected Christmas gift . . .

Another anonymously kind local man was at CompUSA earlier in the month, and had a conversation while in line with a servicewoman being deployed back to Iraq. He paid her entire bill, $100+ . . .

Start your new year off right — have the Christmas spirit for a little longer and practice just one random act of kindness. If you can, donate blood at United Blood Services, 213-7500. I spoke to Betty Muñoz, who said that if you donate by tomorrow, the 31st, you will get a $5 movie pass. (Of course I realize that you are doing this as a good deed, and need no reward!)

An animal-lover option is for you to donate $$ to Palm Valley Animal Center for someone else to adopt an animal- be a guardian angel for homeless pets. Call 686-1411, ext.#26, and ask for Shannon Ponce. She was quite helpful to me, and said that next year they are going to start an “adopt an animal for the holidays” program, as shown in the movie “A Dog Named Christmas” . . .

And speaking of Christmas spirit, saw Mary Jane Schwarz out with Gerry Fritz at a luncheon having some daughter-mother fun. It does make me feel good to see family and friends enjoying each other’s company . . .

Saw Phyllis Hutchins and her daughter Kathleene Swanberg also enjoying some holiday spirit in the mother-daughter fashion . . .

While at the Zonta Club Christmas party, met lovely Margaret Burns, proprietor of the “Garden” store, 4317 N. 10th, which opens into Barn White. You can visit in person, or check out her website at mwbgarden@gmail.com . . .

Saw Becky & Ron Kilby, who were also filled with the holiday spirit, and we were glad to have them in McAllen for a while . . ..

Yesterday’s birthday celebrants included Dalila Ortiz, Mickey Corcoran, Marty Hamilton, Kathy Cappon, and Tatiana Lerma . . .

Happy birthday for today to Mary Alice Magaña, Ann Moore, Michael Perez, Geoff Hall, Jim Tabak, and Sue Ellen Thomas . . .

Birthday greetings for tomorrow go to that “hostess with the mostest” Deitrah Davis, Nancy Reyes, Carol Seal, Katie Guerra, Courtney Landgraf, and Carmen Lerma . . .

Call me if you have a fun, different New Year’s resolution. Do not call if it is just to lose some weight and exercise more. (Just do it!) Mine is to be more patient when sitting in front of my computer — to not get angry with a machine, even if it is plotting my downfall!

Note to all readers: the following phone number is not the newspaper’s phone number; it is a number just for this column. Call in your “I See You” news to 686-8056, or mail to the Town Crier. Remember, at least one week ahead!