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Antoinette shocks family out buying Christmas tree

Posted at 7:18 AM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 07:18:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- When Antoinette Essa saw the Sims family outside Home Depot looking to buy a Christmas tree, she knew she wanted to stop the car.

"We wanted to see if we could pay it forward and buy your tree," Antoinette shared with the surprised couple.

"What? Really?" they replied with shocked looks.

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"I think it's wonderful, it's great," John Sims said.

Laine Sims said her family would absolutely pay it forward and that would be her favorite part of the experience.

The Sims family said picking out their Christmas tree was a family tradition they did with their three girls. The girls used this time to also gather wood cookies and write their names on them, wood cookies are slices of wood from the trees that the attendant James Pointer gave them.

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