Newspaper carrier uses customer's tip to buy Thanksgiving dinner for Uhrichsville couple

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Times-Reporter carrier Michelle Lea Todd, left, poses for a portrait with Helen Harshey and William Halsey in their Uhrichsville home. Todd used a customer's tip to buy Thanksgiving dinner for them.
Times-Reporter carrier Michelle Lea Todd, left, poses for a portrait with Helen Harshey and William Halsey in their Uhrichsville home. Todd used a customer's tip to buy Thanksgiving dinner for them.

UHRICHSVILLE — Thanksgiving Day brings with it the expectation of a turkey on the table.

But Helen Harshey had to spend the money she would have used for the holiday poultry on medicine to clear a clogged artery.

When Times-Reporter carrier Michelle Lea Todd learned about that, she decided to do something.

The Dover woman used a tip from another customer to buy a whole Thanksgiving dinner for Harshey, 79, and her roommate William Halsey, 80.

She went to Mako’s Market and Pharmacy for the frozen turkey, corn, milk, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, biscuits, pumpkin pie and whipped topping.

She recorded Harshey's reaction in a video she posted on Facebook.

"God bless you. Thank you," Harshey said

A week after that Thanksgiving Eve gift, she said of Todd, "She's just like a sister to me."

Todd, who also works as a home health aide, regularly goes the extra mile for her customers. Literally. She has taken groceries to elderly customers who were concerned about catching COVID-19. She mowed their lawns and cleaned their homes. She gave candy and pet treats to customers for Halloween.

"Michelle is a great carrier and a great person!" Times-Reporter district manager Michael Murry said in an email message.

This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: Newspaper carrier uses tip to buy couple's Thanksgiving dinner

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