12 unsuspecting families received $100 from KWCH 12 and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers
Every year, leading up to Christmas, the Salvation Army helps 10,000 to 12,000 people in need who live in the Wichita area.
Like a well oiled machine, volunteers helped people navigate a vast building to get gifts and supplies to get them through the holidays.
Each person arrived late last week with a unique situation, yet all have one thing in common, times are tough.
That's why we had The Salvation Army select 12 families for us to surprise.
We knew for them, the holidays are a tough time. In addition to The Salvation Army working to help make it a little bit easier for their families. We surprised them with something else.
When they weren't looking, Dusin DeVaughn and Richard James with DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers walked in.
"Good morning everybody. How are you? My name is Dustin DeVaughn and this is my partner Richard James and on behalf of Channel 12 and the DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers, we want to tell you Merry Christmas and we want to give you a Helping Hand by giving each one of your families $100. So merry Christmas," said Dustin DeVaughn.
They were shocked. Some gasped, others smiled and clapped at the excitement. Then, one by one, James went around and handed out the $100 bills.
"Merry Christmas. I hope you have a good holiday. You bet. We wanted to give you a Helping Hand," said James.
We walked around and talked to the families about what the $100 means to them.
It means a lot, said Jennifer Haynes." "The kids are really going to appreciate it this year. A little extra for them."
"Times are tough and I have three kids and I'm on my own, so it means a lot," said Tori Shearhod. "I can give them the Christmas meal that I wanted to give them."
Angela Lero agreed. "I've been running kind of short and you know, my husband is sick and I'm not working right now, and I've got a five year old, well he just turned six, at home, so this is going to mean a lot to him."
For these families, this unexpected money was heaven sent.
"It was a miracle," said JR Peterson. "At the time I need it and it's the time I need it, so it helps."
Hopefully they all now have something else in common, a belief that when times get tough, we're stronger together.
"It just means a lot that there's people out there that still care," said Tiffany Shearhod.