Los Angeles Times writer Christopher Reynolds shared his story of having reserved a gorgeous Montecito vacation home meant three generations of his family during Thanksgiving, only for the owners to cancel a week before the planned event.
All told, they’d put down more than a $5,000 deposit–a considerable chunk of change that no one wanted to lose.
But here’s the silver lining: The owners decided to rent the vacation home to a family whose house perished in the Tea fire, and Reynolds and his family got their money back. It took a few emails and phone calls, but the deposit was returned within a reasonable amount of time, and more important, that other family had secured temporary housing.
In this season of buy, buy, buy, me, me, me, it’s refreshing to hear a tale of community outreach and sacrifice. It’s time all of us start stepping up.