The "Christmas Jars" giving movement has spread across the U.S., and one Florida woman knows first-hand how the trend has changed lives.
The gift idea is based on the book Christmas Jars and encourages people to collect loose change in a jar throughout the year to give to a stranger in need at Christmas.
Jennifer Parks, a single mother of two young boys, recently discovered an unsigned gift bag on her doorstep.
Inside was a jar of money-- $175-- and the Christmas Jars book.
"I was in total shock. I had no idea where it would have come from," Parks recalled. "No matter how lonely you may feel, or how alone you may feel, or how you feel the weight of the world is on your shoulders, there are people out there that you don't know about that are looking out for you."
Parks says the gift comes at a time when funds are tight.
She says she plans to carry on the tradition for someone else next year.