Theft Victim Gets Unexpected Blessing

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A good samaritan brings a gift from thousands of miles away to a Lexington woman who's fallen on hard times.
Samantha Ellington, a mother of two, had her car stolen earlier this month. She didn't know where to turn and that's when the unexpected happened.

Retired Mercer County teacher Pat Hoefle, who lives in Lexington, donated a car to Ellington.

It's a 1991 Toyota Camry, nearly identical to the one stolen from Ellington.

"This means so much to me, you have know idea, wow," said Ellington.
"It's my pleasure. I'm happy to do it," said Hoefle.

Hoeful says she got the idea after she saw Ellington's story on 27 NEWSFIRST.

She drove the car 2,450 miles from Seattle, Washington to Lexington.

The car belonged to Hoeflel's sister who had passed away from breast cancer in February.

"This is something positive that can come from my sister's death. I hope it will make Samantha's life much easier as well as her family's," Hoefle said.

"She really doesn't know how much this means. I know I keep saying it, but she is truly a life-saver," Ellington went on to say.

Just last week, another good samaritan donated a double stroller to Ellington.


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  • by Me Location: Everywhere on Jul 25, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    Awesome! This is what our world needs right now, good deeds, kindness.....
  • by Cee Cee Location: Olympia WA on Jul 24, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    Pat is a wonderful person indeed. I am her sister's best friend, Together, Pat, our families and I helped Diane move on to heaven. This is what "Pay it forward" means. I love you Pattycakes!
  • by Darlene Location: Harrodsburg KY on Jul 23, 2008 at 08:21 PM
    Ms Hoeful, you are still the sweetest lady you were when I was in Mercer Elem. School. You were always my fav teacher and always were so understanding. I am sorry for your loss of your sister, I just lost my 1st cousin to breast cancer also. God Bless you and please if you read this..get in contact.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jul 23, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    How can any of you get on here and bring up negative things? This is such a touching and inspiring story. God bless you Pat and I would say your awards will be many in heaven.
  • by steve Location: Lexington on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    thank God there are two people left in this world that actually gives a rats *** about another American. If it were a story on someone from a foreign county, it would take a UPS semi to haul the goods to them overseas.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    THANKS to this wonderful lady....that is awesome!!!!!
  • by Hope Location: Knox Co. on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    Pat, Thank you for being such a wonderful person. Many individuals could learn a lot from you--we all need to do more paying it forward. May your heart and life be filled with joys.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    wish some one steal mine,,then wont have to buy gas for it get me a horse
  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    Its people like this that will truly be blessed. May GOD Bless you in every way possiable! The other day I delivered a pizza to a sweet lady in the Stanton Nursing Center and you could tell by the way the lady looked that she has had a rough time. I gave her the pizza that she had ordered and paid for it myself. This sweet lady was so thrilled that I did this good deed for her so she tried to do the same for someone else. She thought she would help her roommates daughter so she wrote the daughter a check. What this sweet old lady didn't know was that the girl took the money and bought drugs. It kills me knowing that someone can be such a low life dead beat that they could rip off an old crippled lady. I bet they have done this more than once. I reported this to the Nursing home staff. I'm just not sure if it did any good...
  • by AC Location: Corbin on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    how incredibly generous! i hope ms. hoeful takes advantage of the tax benefits for doing this. wow--what a nice person.
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