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Letter to the Editor: Thank You To The 'Angel from Summit '

Danielle Olesnyckyj wants to thank the Summit resident who made it possible for her to receive a Christmas gift from her husband in Afghanistan.


To the Editor:

The following happened to me and my husband this Christmas and I'd like my sincerest thanks to reach this person.

My husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  Since he wasn't going to be here for Christmas, he wanted to be able to purchase a gift for me with a call from Afghanistan so I would have something to open.  I know how difficult calls are from there, but I told him, anyway, about a bag I'd see in Lord Ivy in downtown Summit.  I told him not to worry about it, but he was adamant that he'd like to call.  I forgot about with the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  When I received the bag, you can imagine my surprise at his pulling it off and being able to get through to the store.  That alone left me appreciative, but it turns out, that isn't the whole story.

As my husband was calling the store, he kept getting disconnected from the owner.  Therefore making it very hard to give his numbers to pay for the bag.  There was a customer at the counter while this was taking place.  She asked what was going on and the owner told her.  So she told the owner not to worry about it and to tell my husband "an angel from Summit" took care of it.

The shear generosity and goodness of this person brings tears to my eyes and gives me hope for the future with all that's taken place in the world in the last month.  I have no way of knowing this person, but I like to offer my heartfelt thanks for helping out my husband and for giving me the Christmas gift that he wanted me to have.  To the angel in Summit, thank you.  Your deed won't be forgotten, but passed on.

I hope this story inspires others to acts of kindness as well.

Danielle Olesnyckyj

Summit, NJ

Laura Bojanowski December 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I love this story. I was shopping at Lord Ivy a few hours later and happened to mention to the owner how much I preferred local shopping vs the mall. She shared this story of the angel of Summit and it put me in a great mood and served as a gentle reminder of the meaning of Christmas. Acts of kindness are contagious!
E. Blair Clark-Schoeb December 27, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Love this story! Go Summit!
Justin Gingeleskie December 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Roman is my brother in law. He has been to the WTC clean up, Katrina clean up, he received a Purple Heart in Iraq and now he is in Afghanistan. He has never asked for a Thank You but in one gesture, this angel said thank you for all of us. Good news is contagious - pass it on and pay it forward!
John Webb December 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
What an amazing story. Glad to see some holiday live this time of year. I love that Lord Ivy store too. They always have the perfect gifts.
EILEEN NEWMAN January 02, 2013 at 07:25 AM
i LOVE THIS STORY AND I AM THRILLED THAT THE ANGEL WAS IN MY BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAWS STORE I LOVETHE LORD IVY STORE TOO AND TO KNOW THAT AN ANGEL WAS AMONGST THEM MAKES IT EVEN BETTER. THANK YOUR HUSBAND FOR SERVING THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND THANKS FOR YOUR SACRIFICE AS HIS WIFE. EILEEN NEWMAN, CLARK NJ

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