Family In Shelter ‘Pays It Forward’ To Another Family In Need

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - One metro family currently living in a shelter makes Christmas happen for another family in need this holiday season.

Frank Sutton and his family are in a salvation army shelter for a second time in more than a decade.  They met several families there and one that they would find themselves helping for Christmas.

Sutton said recently, an anonymous church member at World of Truth Ministries gave their family a few hundred bucks.

"Someone in the church blessed us with Christmas money and saw that we were in a shelter.  We saw that, well, we could give out kids a good Christmas now," he said.

Only it didn't quite pan out that way.

Sutton said his wife got a call from an old friend, someone who used to stay at a shelter with them 12 years ago.  That old friend said another family who also stayed with at the same shelter with all of them, needs help this Christmas.  Sutton said because they are in a shelter and the Salvation Army would help provide for them, they decided to help.

"That's what made us lean to, you know, we really don't need this for anything and she does," he said.

The family the Suttons helped want to remain anonymous.

But Fox 4 spoke to the mother who said she is the single parent of a 13-year-old-girl, and works two jobs.  The mother said because of certain circumstances, her daughter wouldn't have a Christmas.

The Suttons stepped in.  Sutton said they gave the family a $50 gift certificate.

"We gave her funds to be able to buy her daughter gifts and art supplies and the things that she was asking for Christmas that other wise wouldn't have been able to be given to her," he said.

Sutton's wife said she felt compelled to give more, so she dug in her pockets and gave all that she had, which was $40.

That spirit touched the single mom who said quote, " I am so very grateful they helped me when they don't have much. It means the world to me."  She goes on to say, "I will never forget what they have done and even though I am having a hard time now I will pay it forward."

That, is exactly what Sutton wants to happen with others.

"I just hope that other people will learn that you can give even out of your lack, you can still give," he said.

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