The real story of the grinch who stole Christmas and the man who replaced all the stolen goods

Jan 3, 2019

The holiday season is a time for giving, a time for family, and a time for charity. However, there are those among us who would rather see everyone suffer than for people to be happy. Thankfully, in this story, one kind man’s generosity won out over less-kind and ugly feelings that almost ruined some families’ Christmas.

Toy drives are a common way for others to help needy families. Churches and workplaces often accept donations during the holiday season to help those who are less fortunate. Operation Child or Angel Tree are two organizations who coordinate give-back programs, and this is where a lot of donations end up.

The way these organizations work is you sign up to help the cause. They give you a child and his or her specific wish list of items, or you just get a gift within a certain price range and give it to them.

For many of the families in this program, the gifts they receive from charitable donors are the only presents they can afford each year, and if something were to happen to these gifts, it’d mean that nothing would be put under the tree this year.

Please pray for us our Toys For Tots storage container were broken into and our toys taken! We have over 1,500 families…

Posted by Jerry Martinez on Saturday, December 1, 2018

Greater Bridgeport Christian Fellowship Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was ready for Christmas. They had their storage units packed to the brim with toys. All that needed to happen next was for the needy families to stop by and pick up their donations. However, sadly, two jealous and greedy souls came and stole many of the contributions from their storage container.

According to WABC, the thieves stole around $8,000 worth of presents, which was a massive portion of their inventory. One woman who had already picked up her donated toys said she knew what this thief’s actions would mean. “It breaks my heart,” she said, “because I’m actually a teacher and I work with lots of unfortunate children. And it’s very hard; it’s a hard thing.”

Posted by Lucas Burnley on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

That is until one man, Lucas Burnley, heard about the story and decided to put on his Superman cape and save Christmas for all those needy families. “There was a few times when I was growing up that I received toys from Toys for Tots, and so for me, it’s always held a kind of special place in my heart,” he told WABC-TV.

Burnley raised more than $45,000 for the church and spent eight days shopping to replace the stolen goods. He then rented a U-Haul and lugged the spoils of his massive shopping spree down to the church. On Dec. 12, Burnley finished his three-hour drive to the church and dropped all the toys off, so those needy families’ Christmas was no longer in jeopardy.

Thanks to one man’s determination, a story that likely would’ve ended in tragedy became a joyous celebration once more, because now, over 6,500 children will have two toys under their Christmas tree on Dec. 25. Not all superheroes wear capes, but we do suspect the Lucas Burnley may have one or two inside his closet.

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