Last-minute shoppers battle lines, empty shelves to bring Christmas joy

Shoppers in Fort Wayne found ways to social distance while making sure they had gifts under the tree.

Posted: Dec 25, 2020 11:42 AM
Updated: Dec 26, 2020 7:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Last-minute Christmas shopping looked a lot different Christmas Eve from just a year ago. 

Shelly Godfroy picked up an air fryer from Best Buy's Curbside service on Thursday.

It's the best time she used the service, and better yet it arrived quicker than she expected. 

“I just got the notice, I thought it was gonna be the day after Christmas so I was delighted that it got here early and ... smooth," Godfroy said. 

It was one of many ways she and others could get their shopping done while social distancing. 

“I think the biggest thing is, ‘take a breath,’ we’re dealing with something that’s never happened.”

Mandy Kriegel said she was making up for lost time after staying home on Black Friday. Her children want a Nintendo Switch and a Playstation. 

“They’ve been just begging and begging and I agreed to get the switch and my oldest was like, ‘I want the PlayStation.’ She didn’t want the Switch so I gave in and this year I got it for her.”

Leticia Webb says the hunt for her children's Christmas gifts has been longer this year.

“Everything’s closing sooner. So it’s just kind of stressful to get in and out of places, to keep going for the stuff that we need." 

She went to three different Walmarts to find gifts for her youngest daughter, only to fine slower lines and empty shelves. 

“Like the checkouts and stuff like that...everybody rightfully keep your distance, but it’s been a lot slower to get through the lines.”

Regardless, Webb said it's worth it to spread Christmas joy. 

“Just everyone to be happy and healthy, and everyone to be with their loved ones tomorrow.”

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 727764

Reported Deaths: 13397
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion995211738
Lake53461965
Allen40457675
St. Joseph35506550
Hamilton35489408
Elkhart28433441
Tippecanoe22359218
Vanderburgh22284396
Porter18668307
Johnson17905377
Hendricks17180315
Clark12930191
Madison12592339
Vigo12431246
Monroe11858170
LaPorte11821210
Delaware10648185
Howard9865216
Kosciusko9378117
Hancock8251140
Bartholomew8052155
Warrick7771155
Floyd7649177
Grant7027174
Wayne7026199
Boone6679101
Morgan6555139
Dubois6150117
Marshall6005111
Dearborn579277
Cass5788105
Henry5688103
Noble558883
Jackson500872
Shelby490296
Lawrence4505120
Harrison434772
Gibson434692
Clinton427053
DeKalb426484
Montgomery423588
Whitley394739
Huntington389080
Steuben383857
Miami380666
Knox371890
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Putnam358860
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Starke215453
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Martin88315
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Union70810
Ohio56411
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1081518

Reported Deaths: 19428
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Hamilton798901205
Montgomery513291014
Summit47080945
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Butler38301584
Stark32242906
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Licking16410212
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Wood13065189
Portage12825203
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Scioto6405101
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Union570348
Lawrence5546102
Jefferson5521151
Huron5427119
Darke5347123
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Washington5153109
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Mercer480385
Shelby468893
Knox4483110
Madison435561
Putnam4278100
Fulton421669
Ashland421489
Defiance419297
Crawford3970107
Brown393857
Logan381576
Preble379398
Clinton371263
Ottawa366679
Highland354662
Williams338575
Champaign331458
Guernsey315653
Jackson312151
Perry294850
Morrow284639
Fayette281550
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Henry268466
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Holmes2593101
Van Wert243363
Adams237752
Pike237534
Gallia235349
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Hocking215262
Carroll191247
Paulding172540
Meigs144740
Noble133337
Monroe132042
Morgan108323
Harrison107637
Vinton82815
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A cold start Saturday with widespread frost expected. We'll see plenty of sunshine for most of the day. Then, clouds build in during the late afternoon and evening.
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