16-year-old Abby Meehan went above and beyond for one of her customers. What started as friendly small talk ended with Meehan feeling the urgency to bless the family with a Christmas they couldn’t afford. What happened next shows what Christmas is all about and it’s inspiring.
Abby Meehan was working a double shift at her cashier’s job at Baesler’s Market on Christmas Eve when she learned that customer Cory Swetland was unable to afford to buy presents for her children.
Swetland, 39, had been shopping for last-minute food items with her son Jacob, 10, and met Abby on the checkout line.
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“I was paying and [Jacob] was kind of being a boy — dancing and that sort of thing,” Swetland of Terre Haute, Indiana, told ABC News. “She leaned down and said, ‘What is Santa going to bring you for Christmas?’ He started to tear up and I said, ‘We had to have a conversation yesterday that Santa is not coming this year and she said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry.’ I said, ‘No, no. It’s OK. It just upsets me to see him upset.’
“She put our couple of things in a bag and grabbed my arm and said, ‘I can’t let that happen. What’s your number?'”
Due to heart problems, Swetland has been out of work and was unable to afford presents this holiday season, she said. But on Dec. 24, Abby reached out to Swetland asking what Jacob would like for Christmas.