Good Neighbor letter thanks man in store


Walking into the Howland Giant Eagle on Dec. 23, my two boys and I held hands through the busy parking lot. As we approached the gentleman ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, I handed each son the change from the bottom of my purse. They popped the coins into the bucket and happily accepted a candy cane from the man. The three of us then gathered all of the grocery items we needed for our Christmas day dinner.

As we stood in the extremely long line to check out, a man caught me off guard. He approached me and handed me money while thanking me. He said, “I don’t know you or your boys, but I was eating lunch in the store while you were walking in. I seen you give your boys money to put into the Salvation Army bucket. Thank you for raising your boys good. Here’s money for you and your boys.”

I was so pleasantly shocked! I thanked him as he walked away. I then handed the money to my boys and made sure they understood that there are nice, kind people in the world.

My husband and I are raising our sons to give to charity. It was so nice to have someone give to my sons and let them feel kindness firsthand.

SHYLA WOLF, Newton Falls