ELDORADO -- The Christmas spirit was recently restored to one Eldorado resident.
Debra Tipton, Eldorado, lost her house to a fire 4½ months ago. Two months later, she lost her husband, and that was followed by the loss of two dogs. She has also lost other family members, as well as her health.
With her spirits low, she needed a new kitchen table. The one she has is broken and falling apart. So, she found one she liked at Squirrel's Nest Antiques in Harrisburg. She told Donna Coffee, one of the owners, she wanted the table but she wasn't sure she would have the money. She told Coffee her story, and let her know she could sell the table to someone else in the meantime.
"I didn't know this woman from Adam," Coffee said.
After hearing the story, Coffee said she felt as if this person had experienced enough trouble. So, she decided to give the table to her, along with chairs that match it.
Tipton was overjoyed.
"So many people forget what Christmas is all about. She (Donna) doesn't know me, but she did this good deed for me and I really appreciate her for that."
Tipton said she has had multiple good things start to happen for her lately, including this good deed. She said it's restored the Christmas spirit within her, and reminded her there are good people out there.
"People need to be good to one another, especially this time of year. And Donna understands that. She donated this table and chairs to me out of the goodness of her heart."
Squirrel's Nest Antiques started as an auction barn, and then transitioned into an antique shop. Coffee and her husband, Kermit, sell a variety of items in the store.