04/04/2014 01:29 pm ET Updated Apr 04, 2014

This Woman Gave Her Savings To A Widow, So The Community Helped Her Out -- Big Time

Catherine has always had a big heart. Sporting a smile while working at a bakery, she doesn't let the two rods in her hip affect her positive outlook on life.

"She's an angel among us," Catherine's friend, Debbie, says in the above video posted by I Like Giving -- a nonprofit that works to inspire generosity in the public at large. "If you watch her [at work], everybody comes in to see Catherine."

Catherine told Debbie she'd been saving money in order to buy a new car, as the one she owned needed costly repairs. A few months later, when Debbie asked how the car fund was coming along, Catherine revealed she'd given the $5,000 she'd saved to a widow in need.

"I cannot give what I don't have," Catherine said. "So I just gave what I had."

That's when Debbie decided she had to act. She and her husband went to a car dealership to inquire about purchasing a vehicle.

"[Debbie] came into the bakery and she asked me, 'If you were to buy a car, what kind of car would you like?'" Catherine said. "I said, 'Debbie, I'm not really planning to buy a car,' but she says, 'Oh, just tell me.'"

Catherine told Debbie she'd like a light-colored SUV with cruise control. Sure enough, the dealership had the perfect one.

Debbie, her husband and the car dealership owner all pitched in to surprise Catherine with a brand new car.

"We all stood there in tears, as we saw the joy on Catherine's face," Debbie said of the moment Catherine saw her new car. "And we got to be a part of it. And the joy of that was unbelievable."



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