Woman always helping others gets 'very, very special' gift

'Oh my goodness... This is a complete surprise'
Posted at 6:58 PM, Dec 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 18:58:44-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Brightening the community's Christmas season is part of CBS 6's Month of Giving mission.

CBS 6 meteorologist Mike Stone surprised a case facilitator for Henrico County with the help of Virginia Credit Union.

Monique Randolph recently stopped by the CBS Backyard Weather Center for what she thought was an interview about her work in the community.

Randolph spends her days helping people by shuttling them to food pantries, appointments and to pick up necessities like groceries and medications. She also helps families with budget planning.

In fact, before she met us at CBS 6, Randolph was helping a client get her prescriptions filled and after our surprise, she was slated to take a family to pick out a Christmas tree.

"We brought you here under false pretenses," Mike said. "We didn't bring you here to help with a [story] that Shelby Brown is doing. This is part of our CBS 6 Gives program."

Shelby said Randolph is always giving back and helping others, but rarely takes time to treat herself.

So Mike surprised Monique with a $200 gift card and free passes to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

"Oh my goodness... This is a complete surprise," Monique said. "Because sometimes I don't take time to do the self care or the things that I tell my clients to do, I don't do for myself. Oh, this is very, very special."