COOKE COUNTY, TX-A phenomenon of giving is sweeping the country as anonymous donors step forward to help others, now it's happening here in Texoma. Victoria Maranan shares the story of a Cooke county woman who said she met a Christmas angel last night.
It's been tough for Lindsey Sparkman Purdy after she lost her job four months ago. The single mother of three said she's been dreading Christmas because she didn't know if she'd have presents for her kids under the tree. But she said one stranger's gesture Tuesday night gave new meaning to the holiday for her and her family.
Tuesday night, Lindsey Sparkman Purdy went to the Gainesville Walmart to buy presents for her three children with what little money that she had. As she got ready to pay for the toys and clothes in her buggy, a woman in front of her did the unexpected.
"She stepped in front of me to the debit machine and she swiped something and I was like, ‘what's going on?’ And the cashier checked her out and she walked off. And I looked at the cashier and I was like 'what happened?' And she said 'she just paid for some of your stuff,'" she said.
Random acts of kindness like this are happening all over the country. From Denver, where this Santa preferred to be "secret."
"Because I have it and I want to give it to someone who needs it,” she said.
”I'm just calling to let you know that the layaway angel has been to our store," she said.
To Baltimore, Maryland.
"It’s a craze thats going all over the country right now with k-marts everywhere," said one K-Mart manager.
K-Marts and Walmarts alike in Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and, now, Texoma.
Purdy said she's never seen the good samaritan before and said she was confused by what had just happened. But then, the woman whispered something in her ear.
"When the lady paid for my stuff, she gave me a hug and told me, you know 'when you can afford to, pay it back to someone else who needs it,'" she said.
Turns out, the woman had paid forty dollars of Purdy's bill, including many gifts for her family.
Purdy said she hurried out to try to catch the kind stranger.
"I was going to try to tell her ‘thank you’ when I found out what she had done and I walked out of the store about a minute after her and she's nowhere to be seen," she said.
Because she didn't have the chance to express her gratitude, Purdy took this opportunity to thank the mystery woman.
"You have no idea how much it touched my heart. Like I seriously got to my car and I cried because I really had a hard time and was really dreading this Christmas and you have no idea how much you touched me. Thank you," she said.
Purdy said she would never forget the random act of kindness. She plans to pay it forward when she can and encourages others to do the same, especially in hard times.