Fun for Erik and Jennifer Jackson and their two young sons this time of the year consists of doing Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (or RACKs, as they call them) during the month of December. The family performs one random act a day for the 25 days leading to Christmas.
Jennifer Jackson explained, "It's something that I do to teach my children about giving back."
Erik Jackson said, "Our goal in teaching our boys is we want them to grow up to be fine young men. We want them to be the best young men they can be."
Christmas Eve, the boys and their mother surprised Knoxville firefighters with a dozen Krispty Kreme donuts.
Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Grande, "It's always a blessing to be able to have somebody from the neighborhood, a local person, come by and say thank you."
Jennifer Jackson said, "Kindness really matters. I really believe that you'll brighten their day and they will pay it forward."
The Jacksons are now on the other end of paying it forward. As the family prepares to foster a child, they were forced to sell one of their cars and buy a Honda Odyssey. It's in great condition, but there's just one problem.
Erik Jackson said, "The front tires were basically bald."
The couple was making plans to buy new tires when Jennifer Jackson got an unexpected call.
"I received a phone call from a man saying he was Lee at Auto Pro and a big, fat man in a red suit had come by and left me four tires for my van," Jennifer Jackson said.
Twenty-five anonymous people chipped in and paid for the brand new tires.
Erik Jackson said, "I was shocked."
Jennifer Jackson said, "I cried because I'm used to doing RACKs for other people, but I've never expected anything back from it."
The Jackson Family was also surprised with a gift card meant for some presents that might be a bit more exciting for their two sons and their soon-to-be foster child.