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Liberty Bank Channel 3 SurPRIZE Squad helps mother with back-to-school shopping

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Melissa Bell and her family. (Family photo) Melissa Bell and her family. (Family photo)
NORWICH, Conn. (WFSB) -

A hardworking Norwich mother received help from the Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad Thursday just in time for the beginning of the school year.

The Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad received a heartfelt nomination from a Starbucks customer about barista Melisa Bell.

Bell has worked at the Norwich Starbucks since it opened back in 2013. But that's not her only job.

Bell is also the proud mother of two young boys.

She also just recently began caring for a 13 year-old girl.

See photos of her beautiful family here.

Her boss Mike Sobel said she's incredibly motivated.

"She's just been an amazing asset; she works so hard for her family," said Sobel.

Bell had recently been picking up extra shifts just so she could make sure her kids have the supplies they need for the beginning of school.

The anonymous customer that  reached out to the Surprise Squad wanted to help give her a little extra towards her back-to-school shopping.

Surprize Squad's Nicole Nalepa stopped by the Starbucks to surprise her at work.

"We have some back to school gift cards so you can provide everything that you need for your boys and also the preteen that you've taken in as well," said Nalepa.

Bell said the timing couldn't have been better.

"This week alone has been stressful, just because I had so many bills to pay back-to-back and I wasn't even going to be able to start," said Bell.

She said her kids are excited to go back to school.

"They've been waiting and asking me every day to pickout their backpacks and picking out their themes and stuff life that," said Bell.

Bell said she can't wait to tell her kids about their surprise.

"They are going to be completely shocked and crazy," said Bell.

To nominate someone for the Liberty Bank Surprise Squad, fill out the submission form here.

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