Military retirees become Secret Santas and pay for residents’ groceries

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It truly is the season of giving as a small group decided to do something special for the customers at Pay-Less. With the store's blessing, this group of Secret Santas went up to customers and paid for their groceries.

A small group of military retirees has been sharing the Christmas spirit by paying for the groceries of several customers at a Mangilao store.

It truly is the season of giving as a small group decided to do something special for the customers at Pay-Less. With the store’s blessing, this group of Secret Santas went up to customers and paid for their groceries.

Rob Shabazz, retired Navy and current federal government employee with the Navy, is one of the members of the group. He said he was informed of this plan by the other member, Timothy Brooks.

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“Actually we started down south and we started at small stores and eventually made our way all the way to Yigo. Like I said, this was really supposed to be under the radar but it didn’t. It was just basically trying to … during this time, the Christmas season … trying to share something with the residents of Guam. It’s the least we could do,” Shabazz said.

He added: “I’ve basically been on Guam for 36 years so I do call Guam home and Guam has been good to me. So any time I can get involved in trying to help out the community, I’m all for that.”

Timothy and Theresa Brooks and Jeffery Leno are also part of this group of Secret
Santas.

Michael Borja, manager of Mangilao Pay-Less acknowledges the individuals, saying: “These four Secret Santas are not part of any organization but are friends who just wanted to help others. One customer was so touched because the $300 in groceries were for her family and grandchildren. Another elderly gentleman was pleasantly surprised that he, in turn. paid it forward by paying for the groceries of an elderly lady behind him. Six customers were touched by these Santas.”

These Secret Santas weren’t looking for attention but wanted to do what they could for the community. After they left Pay-Less, they were off to another store to share more goodwill. “Merry Christmas and God Bless,” they said as they departed.

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