Lucy Crutchfield had a choice. Make her mortgage payment on time or contribute to Thanksgiving dinner for her daughter and family. There simply was not enough money for to do both. Crutchfield decided to help her daughter buy groceries, and left what she thought was a message on her answering machine at 5:00 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving.
Fortunately, when real estate agent Virginia Saenz heard the message on her answering machine, she decided this was a message she wouldn't ignore. She called Crutchfield back and told her to pay her mortgage, because the groceries were on her.
So Saenz went grocery shopping on Thanksgiving morning with her 14-year-old son in tow to tell her what kids liked to eat. They bought food for a Thanksgiving dinner and enough groceries to get Crutchfield's daughter through the end of the month -- her next payday.
She said the act of giving made "the day special for me."
"I helped somebody," Saenz said Friday. "I think it's what anybody would have done."
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