A New Hampshire mother has some extra cash to spend on Christmas presents for her children thanks to the kindness of two people.
Last week, a Manchester crossing guard, known as “Squid Guard” because of her signature hat, was working when a man pulled up to her in his car. She told WMUR:
“A guy just drives up, hands me some envelopes, tells me to hand them to people and (said), ‘God Bless,’ drove away.”
The mystery man gave her four Christmas cards, so she handed them out to people who she was helping cross the street.
Mother of three Lisa Dugas got one of the cards and was shocked when she opened it. Inside was $100 in cash and a signature from “Santa.”
“I cried. This just never happens, and it’s just amazing right before Christmas. I have three kids and this just meant a lot to me. I have $100 more that I can spend on their Christmas presents.”
The mom told People that the card gave her “goosebumps” and that she’d never experienced anything like that before.
But Dugas is also thankful to the crossing guard because she could have kept the money for herself. The mom said:
“She could’ve kept the money or the envelopes for herself, but she didn’t. And that alone is amazing.”
She said the guard, who only wanted to be identified as Rose, is the “happiest person ever” and an “amazing woman.”
The mom said the kindness of the mystery “Santa” and the crossing guard really made her feel the Christmas spirit.
According to Nonprofits Source, charitable giving is on the rise. Americans gave $410 billion to charities in 2017, a five percent increase from the year prior.
And based on stories like this, it seems the giving spirit is still in strong supply this year.