Woman dips into Christmas funds after grocery money meant for needy families is stolen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When a metro woman went grocery shopping, she was hoping to feed 12 families. But the money she raised to pay for the holiday food was stolen.

Amy Keith bought $210 worth of groceries to feed those families from City Union Mission. It was money collected from her co-workers

“This is what we wanted to do as a work group for the holiday season,” she said.

But the money was gone. Stolen. Keith found out at the cash register.

“I was mustering up some tears and then I had to think quick and figure out how to handle this,” she said.

She dipped into Christmas money, saved up to buy presents for her son Emory.

“At first I thought it wasn’t what I wanted for Christmas, but I realized more people needed that money than I did,” he said.

Keith says it was her fault. She left her purse in the cart unattended, but it doesn’t mean it’s free for the taking.

“I just want to believe that the person who took it needed it more than the people we were collecting for or as much as they did,” said Keith.

She says she will be more careful next time. She’s just glad this didn’t spoil Christmas for 12 deserving families.

Keith says many good Samaritans have offered help. She suggests that instead of donating money to her, they should donate directly to City Union Mission.

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