How does Scrooge help people after his time with the three spirits in A Christmas Carol?

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Scrooge learns his lessons from the Spirits well and changes his attitudes and actions towards others promptly upon confirming that it was Christmas Day when he awoke.

His first action is to direct a young boy passing by his window to go and purchase the turkey from the nearby poultery shop and have it delivered anonymously to the Crachit family, thereby ensuring them a Christmas dinner far larger than any they had ever known.

Upon encountering the gentlemen who had unsuccessfully solicited at his office the previous day, raising funds for relief of the poor, Scrooge asks them to accept an incredibly generous donation.

'If you please,' said Scrooge. 'Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in in, I assure you. Will you do me that favour?' 'My dear sir...I don't know what to say to such munifi-' 'Don't say anything, please' retorted Scrooge. 'Come and see me. Will you come and see me?'

Scrooge joins in the festivities at his nephew's home for Christmas Day, delighting in everything and everyone.

He amazes Bob Cratchit the next morning, appearing to be prepared to penalize Bob severely for being late arriving for work before announcing changes to their relationship. Raising Bob's salary was only the start.

I'll raise your salary, and endeavor to assist your struggling family, and we will dicuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob! Make up the fires, and buy another coal-scuttle before you dot another i, Bob Cratchcit!

Scrooge becomes "as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew" - generous with his money and his actions toward all, doing his best "to keep Christmas well" every day of the year.

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A Christmas Carol

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