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Santa Saves Salisbury Family's Christmas

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SALISBURY, Md.- It was going to be a small Christmas this year for a Salisbury family after one of Santa's favorite elves, their grandfather Lawrence, passed away earlier this year.

WBOC spent Friday morning with Sherry Hayward and three of her four grandchildren as they opened gifts delivered by Santa himself. It turned out being not such a small Christmas after all.

In fact it was the biggest Christmas these girls can remember. With 15 to 20 gifts per girl, Santa gave them everything they needed this year. But the real gifts here were hope, love, and happiness.

"I stood at the door as they were coming in and my mouth was wide open. I'm hollering, 'Oh my God, oh my God!' They kept coming in and the one lady said, 'Baby go back inside, go inside and enjoy it,'" recalled Sherry, showing us a video she shot of the encounter with the big man in red.

Sherry takes care of the four girls, and every Christmas, she and her husband, Lawrence, would work together to buy gifts. But this summer, Lawrence passed away, leaving Sherry alone to do the shopping.

"Because we are surviving on a limited income, and with my husband being gone, Christmas wasn't going to be like it was," Sherry said. But a good Samaritan found out, and on on Christmas Eve, Santa showed up with a bag full of gifts, and 15 elves in tow. On Friday morning, three of the girls got to open their gifts.

"Happy to be here with my family opening gifts together," said Makenzie.

"My favorite gift is my purse because it has makeup in it and I never go a day without makeup on. Ever. I love makeup," said Ashley.

"I'm just surprised, and I'm so happy," said youngest granddaughter Miracle.

"I believe my husband touched an angel and said I need you to stop to that house because I can't be there. He was here," said Sherry.

And Christmas isn't over yet for them yet. Eleven-year- old Miasia is coming home on Dec. 31, and her presents are here waiting for her.

The group that delivered these gifts call themselves "Santa's Angels," according to Sherry. She said that as they were leaving, she asked for a picture, but they said delivering those gifts was not about them; it was about ensuring that Sherry's family had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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