It sounds like a variation of the bar joke: a customer walks into a store and.... But in this case, it was no joke. A customer representing the education department of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians walked into Barnes & Noble in Spanish Fort, Ala., and bought an entire display in the children’s section, including every single Christmas book. As a result, nearly 500 children in the tribe will receive at least one new book this holiday season.
“In all my time at Barnes & Noble, I’ve never quite seen a purchase like this,” said store manager Michael Dixon in a press release. “We work closely with many educational and literacy groups, but occasionally one goes above and beyond... and this is certainly one of those instances.”
According to Sharon Delmar of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the book purchase is part of a larger community outreach program to make sure that tribal children have a merry Christmas.