WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A few weeks before Christmas we ran a story about someone in Abilene going around giving people $100.
The money came with a note meant to encourage people to either use it or pass it on. That inspired us here at Eyewitness News to pass it on.
Every year around Christmas the thousand of people reach out to the Salvation Army to bridge the Christmas financial gap.
When we went to their distrobution facility about ten days before Christmas, hundreds of people came to pick up their food and toys. But there was a handful of people who reached out too late to get everything the Salvation Army can offer.
Thinking about the person in Abilene going around giving people $100, we decided to work with The Salvation Army and have them pull 12 people aside so we could surprise them.
"If it wasn't for this, then at this point there was nothing under my tree," said one man.
"I have six kids and it's hard with six kids and it's hard to provide with even one now days," said one woman.
It was at that moment Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers surprised them.
Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James went to each person to give them a $100 bill and hope.
"I want to wish you guys a Merry Christmas. Hope things go well for you, get back on your feet," said James.
For several of them, the surprise gesture was overwhelming.
"I'm so glad we were able to help," said DeVaughn to a man as he handed him the money. "There's no words to describe how much you helped today," the man replied.
For this group of strangers who turned to The Salvation Army, not knowing what their Christmas would be like, they're leaving knowing that when you least suspect it there are good people looking to lend a Helping Hand.
"Thank you guys," said a group of women who spent most of the time hugging each other in disbelief.
"Yeah, Merry Christmas," said James. "I know Dustin got a hug, but I want one. Best wishes."