Theft victim seeks Good Samaritan after all her gifts are paid

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — An act of theft at a Springfield Walmart almost left a grandmother unable to give her family gifts this Christmas.

After a woman in line at the register heard the woman’s plight, the Good Samaritan stepped in a paid for all the presents.

“There are a lot of dishonest people in this world,” said Helen Wilson, the victim of theft. “But there’s also a lot of good ones. And I met one last night.”

Inside her home, Wilson was going through the items she was able to get her family for Christmas.

It was almost a Christmas she would not have been able to supply…

“I turned around and my purse was open and my billfold was gone,” said Wilson.

The grandmother and cancer survivor was shopping at the Walmart on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield looking through some clothes to get her great grandchildren as gifts. When she turned around, all of her money was stolen.

“We could not find it, “said Wilson. “And we had to come to the conclusion that it was stolen.”

The next day, she went to Big Lot’s after scrounging together all the money she could get from her rainy-day fund.

“I was in line and I told the cashier, ‘Don’t let me go over $50 because that’s all I got,’” said Wilson.

After telling her story to the cashier, Wilson was in the process of putting some items away she could not afford.

Then, a stranger right behind her stepped in and paid for all the gifts.

“I didn’t have any words,” said Wilson, holding back tears. “I’m a very strong Christian. I just think the Lord put her behind me for some reason.”

After the selfless gift of kindness, Wilson is hoping she can find her Good Samaritan and thank her properly. She said she was in such awe at the gesture she forgot to give the woman a hug.

“I just want to thank her,” said Wilson. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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