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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Calling the wrong number happens all the time and can be embarrassing. But have you ever sent a text to the wrong person?

It happened to a Lee's Summit woman recently and it turned out to be one of the best mistakes she's ever made.

For two years now, ReStart volunteers Janet Smith and Ann Klockau have hosted a holiday tea for female residents. One of the highlights, giftbags given to each of the women. But this year the bags were a little light, until a text was sent to the wrong person.

Klockau and Smith see first-hand what it means to the woman going through a tough time.

"This helps them to feel special, to feel valued and know that they are special and we enjoy spending time with them," said Klockau.

Each woman gets to pick out and keep their own tea cup and saucer. After the tea, each woman also gets a bag of special gifts.

"Mittens, scarfs, gloves all new, socks, toiletries journals calendars," said Klockau.

This year the donations were lacking and there was concern they wouldn't be full, so Smith reached out to someone who helped out last year.

"I didn't have her number in my contacts so I typed it in and sent it, and a few minutes later I thought I should make sure I have the right number and i didn't, wrong number," explained Smith.

But the wrong number, turned out to be the right number.

"It was the right number because the wonderful people who received the text a few hours later, they sent me a text back later saying we would like to help, how much money do you need?" Smith recalled.

The couple had been looking for someone to help this holiday season and didn't pass up the mistaken opportunity.

"It was one of the most amazing moments of my life, I literally got the chills and couldn't believe what I was seeing, completely unexpected," explained Smith.

"This is the highlight of my Christmas season. Last year I left thinking that I love spending time with my family, but I think despite that this was the best," said Klockau.

The couple was so thankful to help, they sent the check in a thank you card. An accidental text filled their needs and the needs of others.