“He was Talking About the Toy and He Said, ‘Well, Would You Buy It if You had the Money?’ And I Said, ‘Yes, But I Don’t Have It’”


Source of Screenshot of the Shubbuck Family


In December 2013, Jenni Shubbuck of Lockport, New York, was at the Wal-Mart in Williamsville, New York, trying to buy a toy for Chase, her one-and-a-half-year-old son. At the end of October, she had lost her job, and so money was tight. She said, “I didn’t even pay my November rent, that’s how bad it is. November or December’s rent.” She scanned a Thomas the Train toy, but after discovering that the price was $48, she put it back. Fortunately, a man and his young daughter went over to her. Ms. Shubbuck said, “He was talking about the toy and he said, ‘Well, would you buy it if you had the money?’ And I said, ‘Yes, but I don’t have it.’” He then gave her three $25 Walmart gift cards. She said, “I told him he didn’t have to and he said that him and his daughter were blessed so much this year and they just wanted to help somebody else out.” Unfortunately, Ms. Shubbuck did not get the Good Samaritan’s name. She said, “I’m just so thankful that he was there. And when I got home, I wrote to you guys [WIVB (Buffalo, New York)]. And when I went to bed, I actually prayed and thanked God for having that man sent to me.” She planned to upload video of Chase opening the present on Christmas to social media and hopes that the Good Samaritan will see the video and know that he made that happiness happen. She also put the used Walmart gift cards in Chase’s baby book and plans to tell him the story of this Good Samaritan in years to come.

For Further Information: Emily Guggenmos, “Stranger gives gift cards at Wal-Mart.” WIVB (Buffalo, New York). 16 December 2013


For Further Information: Elysia Rodriguez, “Good Samaritan inspires others.” WIVB (Buffalo, New York). 17 December 2013


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