FOX31 Denver viewers donate in droves to family robbed before Christmas

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DENVER -- An apartment in shambles.

Mary Maciel, her son, and the two grand kids she`s raising came home this week only to see their holidays spoiled by a thief.

“The stole all the gifts and broke our Christmas tree down,” Maciel said. “The lights, they took everything they could.”

In addition to the gifts, the thieves stole wallets, cell phones, a laptop and more. Maciel is on a fixed income and felt hopeless.

“When I got my check on the first of the month I tried to buy what they wanted for Christmas,” Maciel said. “It`s just so hard. I don`t know what to do.

It didn`t take long for FOX31 Denver viewers to come to the rescue.

Within moments of the story airing, our phones were ringing. We`ve received more than 50 emails from generous people wanting to help.

People like Alan Tuchfeld, who donated money and gifts to the Maciel’s.

“My wife and I were so touched by the situation that happened to them that we felt that we really needed to go ahead and do something,” Tuchfeld said.

One of the gifts stolen was an iPad. The folks at Micro Center in Denver heard about it, and they came to our station today with a brand new one ready for wrapping.

“We decided it was definitely the right thing to do,” Micro Center’s Brian Albo said. “Unfortunately for the family they lost a lot of stuff, and no family should be without gifts this year.”

Generous people thankful for the blessings in their own lives hope their donations will give the Maciel’s something to smile about.

After a couple of hectic days, it`s something the family could certainly use.

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