Passing on $300 to spunky grandmother

By Sabrina Squire - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – She's a part time greeter at Walmart - a keen eyed receipt checker, and self styled enforcer: Sallie Hoffman commands her watch on wheels.

"Don't even try to get out of that store without paying for something from Sallie Hoffman because she'll chase you down," said Holly Farrell.

Holly says she and Sallie clicked the second they met on the job.

"She's become like a second mom to me," Holly said.

A mom and mentor, who lets nothing, not even a host of health problems, keep her down.

"She just keeps on fighting, I've been sitting right beside her in a hospital bed, she's going 'I need to go to work'," Holly said. "Sallie Hoffman is the strongest person, not woman, strongest person I've ever met."

And she says the kindest.

"She will do anything for anybody."

Today Holly's turning the tables. Sallie thinks she's just coming for lunch but wait till she hears what's on the menu.

Sallie Hoffman: "Well, I'm fine, what going on?"
Holly Farrell: "I wrote a letter for the Acts of Kindness and I nominated you because you are such an inspiration to me and I love you so much. You are a second mom."
Sallie Hoffman: "Oh, darling."
Holly Farrell: "And I just wanted you to have this and they gave me $300 to give to you."
Sallie Hoffman: "What! Good heavens."
Holly Farrell: "There's 100, 200, 300 dollars."
Sallie Hoffman: "I can't believe this, I just can't believe it."

Just as we're about to introduce ourselves.

Sallie Hoffman: "Darling, I have watched you, Sabrina, since you 1st went on there."
Sabrina Squire: "Oh my goodness."

Then Sallie tells me this isn't the first time her adopted daughter has reached out to her.

Sallie Hoffman: "She literally saved my life. I was ill in my apartment and she was going to the grocery store about 10 miles away."
Holly Farrell: "I hadn't planned on going down there and I just had a feeling."
Sallie Hoffman: "And she just wheeled out of the parking lot, come up to my apartment and I was unconscious."
Holly Farrell: "She was just laying there, she was cold."

Holly called the ambulance.

"They said I would not have made it thru the night," Sallie said.

Now Sallie's making the most of every day, thrilled to be back on her watch.

"I just love em. I just have a ball," Sallie said.

And she's investing her cash with a Walmart co-worker, her grandson.

"I'm helping him get thru college, I want him to go all the way through without any loans," she said.

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