Nov 27, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT
A Shelbyville, Ind., woman had just finished Christmas shopping for her family last week when she returned to her car in a store parking lot and found that someone had broken into it and stolen all the gifts. Some people really know how to put the gloom in Black Friday. Lori Diehl, 31, said she lost about $500 in gifts.
Making matters worse is that Lori’s husband, Matthew, is undergoing chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They’re hoping that the cancer will soon be in remission. Both are teachers. They were teetering financially before the burglary, but now it looked like they wouldn’t have a Christmas for their three children.
Then, this happened: Megan McGlynn, wife of Indianapolis Colts starting offensive guard Mike McGlynn, was watching the local news on TV when she saw the story about the Diehls. She told Mike, and he was determined to do something about it.
Mike McGlynn contacted the Colts, who got in touch with Lori Diehl, 31, Shelbyville. He paid for everything lost, about $500 in gifts.
“I made a little donation to her and her family, just to make the Christmas time better,” said McGlynn, 27. “We’re so blessed in here, what we’re doing right now. To see somebody who has something happen, everybody works hard for their money, everybody works hard for whatever they can get. To have it taken away is just the wrong thing.
“I decided to do something for this family. Hopefully it will be a great Christmas for them.”
McGlynn even talked by phone with the Diehls’ son, 3-year-old Brayden.
“We had struggled this year and people will never know how much of a blessing they were to reach out to us,” Diehl said. “Somehow, I felt like I had let all of them down. I was just devastated.”
When McGlynn phoned, he said, “No one should feel that way during the holidays.”
When pro athletes use their powers for good instead of evil, we all win. So there you go — if you’re like me, you didn’t do any shopping on Black Friday. But you still got a gift.
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