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Christmas angel pays for others

December 7, 2013
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

LEETONIA- In a storyline straight out of a Hallmark movie, a Christmas angel stopped in at a downtown business last weekend.

According to Suzanne Tobuck, manager of Down on Main, a stranger visited the shop mid-day Nov. 30 and left a handful of $20 bills to cover the purchases of other customers for the rest of the day.

"I was waiting on another customer when she came in," Tobuck said. "She walked around the store then came up (to the counter) and asked for something like socks."

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Suzanne Tobuck, manager of Down on Main in Leetonia, rings up a purchase. Tobuck said a stranger visited the store on Nov. 30, wished her a “Merry Christmas” and gave her a handful of $20 bills to pay for customer purchases the rest of the day. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

Tobuck said the woman then walked around the store some more before finally approaching the counter, taking Tobuck's hand and stuffing it full of the money.

"She wished me 'Merry Christmas' then asked to pay for the items of the other customers that day," Tobuck said. "Then she walked out."

Tobuck said the woman said that she used to live in the Leetonia years and years ago, but not anymore.

"She said 'now I'm going back home,' and left," Tobuck said. "I looked out the window, but didn't see her or a vehicle she would have gotten into."

Was it an angel, Tobuck can't say, but she said she knows the stranger certainly touched the lives of her and her customers that day.

"It makes me so emotional because I wish I could go to people and just hand them money," she said. "(There are) so many people out there that need help and we don't know it.

"We should have more people (like the stanger) today."



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