BELLEVILLE - In the wake of Connecticut's deadly school shooting less than two weeks ago, an anonymous patron spread holiday cheer to a local school with a random act of kindness.
Christine Baker, middle school teacher at Belleville Mennonite School, said she promised to bring donuts to her eighth grade students before Christmas. She stopped at NS Sweeties Donuts and Bakery, in Belleville, on Thursday morning to pick up the gift.
To her surprise, a handwritten note was attached to the top of the donut box. In honor of the lives of the 26 students and teachers killed in Connecticut, the anonymous person paid for the 11th customer and left only one request - that she pay it forward.
"The ladies at the donut shop were touched, and I was touched," she said. "It was just a really neat experience."
The same evening, Baker purchased a $10 giftcard at Subway and attached the anonymous note to the top, along with the message, "Merry Christmas!"
"If it was possible to keep it going, I wanted to keep it going," she said. "I didn't want it to stop on my account."