Florida mom fueled by holiday cheer hugs stranger, gets $20k

Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman caught up in what she calls the magic of Christmas, accidentally hugged a stranger at a gas station parking lot and now the video is going viral.

Mary Katherine Backstrom says she was feeling the holiday cheer so she bought a soda for the woman standing in line in front of her. She left the store and saw a stranger cleaning her car windshield.

The delighted woman hugged the man and excitedly told him, “This is my favorite part of humanity. I love Christmas so much. Thank you for doing this.”

Turns out it wasn’t her car. The man was washing his own car windshield. His car just looked like Backstrom’s car The two had a good laugh and the popular mommy blogger recounted the incident in an online video that went viral with more than 78 million views.

She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday. The comedian said she loved Backstrom’s video and heard she’d done a lot of paying it forward from donating a kidney to paying a friend’s bill to helping a waitress fix her car.

The TV host then presented Backstrom with an oversized check for $20,000.

The News-Press reports the 35-year-old mom said she’s not sure what she and her husband will do with the money but will likely do some random acts of kindness.

LATEST STORIES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Local event planner creates game encouraging residents to try, support new restaurants while stuck at home

Thumbnail for the video titled "Local event planner creates game encouraging residents to try, support new restaurants while stuck at home"

Early hurricane season forecasts predict a lightly above average season

Thumbnail for the video titled "Early hurricane season forecasts predict a lightly above average season"

Family of missing St. Petersburg woman is losing hope

Thumbnail for the video titled "Family of missing St. Petersburg woman is losing hope"

Motorcyclist and bicyclist killed after collision on Bayshore Blvd.

Thumbnail for the video titled "Motorcyclist and bicyclist killed after collision on Bayshore Blvd."

Police investigating Bayshore Blvd. traffic fatality

Thumbnail for the video titled "Police investigating Bayshore Blvd. traffic fatality"

Citrus County couple back home after weeks on cruise ships during coronavirus outbreak

Thumbnail for the video titled "Citrus County couple back home after weeks on cruise ships during coronavirus outbreak"

Trump says he will speak with DeSantis about cruise ships

Thumbnail for the video titled "Trump says he will speak with DeSantis about cruise ships"

businesses shutting down

Thumbnail for the video titled "businesses shutting down"

tobacco depot video

Thumbnail for the video titled "tobacco depot video"

Clearwater police surprise 6-year-old for his birthday

Thumbnail for the video titled "Clearwater police surprise 6-year-old for his birthday"

Migrant workers especially suffering during coronavirus crisis

Thumbnail for the video titled "Migrant workers especially suffering during coronavirus crisis"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss