A California community has taken a holiday heartbreak and turned it into a touching Christmas story.
Residents of Lodi, Calif., joined together to replace Christmas gifts and other items stolen from the home of an active-duty soldier just before he returned from Afghanistan.
Cpl. Christopher Petrossian was getting ready to surprise his wife, Cheryl, and their two daughters at the Sacramento airport last week when he received a call informing him that their home had been robbed. About $5,000 worth of items, including their gifts and electronic equipment, were taken, ABC News reports.
Bradley, himself a veteran of the first Gulf War, started a movement of giving that stretched beyond the Lodi police department and out into the community.
“I think they were able to buy a good, substantial portion of the items they lost,” Lodi Police Sgt. Doug Chinn told ABCNews.com. “And we have even more gift cards and electronic items to give to them.”
“It’s going to be nice to deliver them and see their faces,” he said.