This Austin woman is spreading cheer by handing out holiday cards to everyone she meets

When a group of Austinites walked into Joe’s Bakery on East Seventh Street Wednesday morning, they thought they’d be enjoying a few breakfast tacos and a steaming hot cup of joe on a chilly morning. What they didn’t realize was that they’d get an uplifting story of hope, positivity and holiday cheer.

Photo: Tareen Alam

Tareen Alam was grabbing breakfast with her coworker, a graphic designer at Bumble, and George Resch (a.k.a. Tank Sinatra, a.k.a. the man behind Tank’s Good News on Instagram) when they were approached by a woman who handed out Christmas cards to the entire restaurant.

I was out to breakfast with my @bumble peeps and I told her “you don’t know who you just handed a card to”

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The cards, which were addressed “To my neighbor [sic] and family,” are a tradition for the woman, whose son had a kidney transplant years ago. According to Alam, the woman said she and her son “had an outlook of looking up and spreading joy despite any setback.” 

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The woman said she’s been handing out the cards for years -- so many years, she couldn’t even remember when she started doing it.

Photo courtesy Tareen Alam

“Every year she buys all the Christmas cards after the holidays at a discount,” Alam said. “She couldn’t find many this year but still came into Joe’s with a huge bag full and passed them out.” 

Alam said after seeing Tank Sinatra’s Instagram post, the woman’s son commented on the photo, writing, “For a brief conversation, an incredible positive energy was created, with the understanding that we are from different walks of life, yet want the same thing! The fight for peace is why Warriors are placed, to fight the battles not all are capable of doing. As I read further, I begin to understand what it is Tank represents, and the message being promoted! I had no idea, that taking my mother to Joe's, would end up with a meet, with a genuine down to earth guy, from the East Coast! The morning was awesome, the convo from the heart! It was a pleasure, and hope I represented our State of Texas, with respect and kindness!”

Photo: George Resch

Alam said she has the woman’s address, and she’s looking into sending along empty cards and address stickers for her to use in the future. 

“They had a remarkable story and sense of positivity,” she said.


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