Woman plays Santa for one Midlands family this Christmas

By Taylor Kearns - bio | email

BETHUNE, SC (WIS) - It's the season of giving, and one Hopkins woman is making Christmas dinner extra sweet for a family in need.

The Pate family has a lot of mouths to feed this year. "My husband, myself, two granddaughters, my mother, my brother, and his wife," says Judy Pate.

That task isn't easy with one paycheck. The family already depends on Harvest Hope food bank to get them through tough times. To give back, they also volunteer at the non-profit's food pantry at Devine Faith Church in Bethune. "It seems like if they're helping me out, I like to try and help," says Donald Pate.

The Pate's spirit was enough to encourage one woman to give them a Thanksgiving dinner, and she came back Thursday in an SUV that might as well have been pulled by eight reindeer. "It really touched me to see him helping somebody when he was in need himself," says Diane Broom, "So I decided to track him down."

Broom brought Christmas dinner this time, including a turkey and canned goods, and it wouldn't be Christmas without a few gifts. There were clothes for the kids and even a warm blanket for grandma. "This is not where I live in Hopkins, but we're still in the same community, and we should still reach out to people In need and help," expresses Broom.

After hugs and well wishes, the Pate's personal Santa Claus took off, but not before making a request. "Please be nice to your neighbor," she says, "We all gotta live in this world together, so let's make the best of it."

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