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Wrong Number, Good Deed

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 2:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

Wrong number leads to holiday good deed...

Virginia Saenz could hear the desperation in the voice of the telephone message.

It was 5 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving, and the caller, Lucy Crutchfield, was trying to tell her daughter that she'd send money for groceries -- but she'd have to miss a mortgage payment to do it.

Crutchfield had dialed the wrong number.

Instead of getting her daughter, she got Saenz, a real estate agent from the San Diego suburb of Tierrasanta.

"I know right now we are all struggling," Saenz said. "Lisa on the phone, she sounded so desperate for her daughter, it broke my heart."

Saenz did the only thing she could think of -- she called Crutchfield back and said not to worry.

Crutchfield would pay the mortgage, and Saenz would handle the groceries.

"She said, 'You have the wrong number ... don't worry any more,' " Crutchfield recalled.

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