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Pay it 4Ward: Despite her own challenges, woman takes on the role of Mrs. Claus after 2013 Moore tornado

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MOORE, Okla. – It all happens in an Oklahoma living room filled with gift wrapping frenzy.

Paper. Tape. Wrap. Ribbon.

It’s a sequence repeated thousands of times in the past few years.

So many Christmas gifts have moved through Sonja Hughey’s home, it’s hard to keep track.

Her idea for the non-profit effort took form in the unrecognizable rubble left by the 2013 Moore tornado.

The destruction in Moore was devastating – and lingering.

“A lot of people are still struggling. A lot of them lost homes. Some lost children,” said Tiffany Nahno-Kerchee.

Tiffany said Sonja stepped up that first Christmas after the tornado.

Sonja gathered gifts for those who had bigger problems in 2013 than she did.

Despite Sonja’s seemingly ever present smile, she was coping with a daughter diagnosed with a brain tumor.

And, Sonja had lost her job.

Despite her own challenges, Sonja took on the role of the city of Moore’s Mrs. Claus.

That’s why Tiffany nominated her for Pay it 4Ward.

Join NewsChannel 4’s Linda Cavanaugh and First Fidelity as they surprise Sonja when she least expected it.

Pay it 4Ward is sponsored by First Fidelity Bank.