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Salem Residents Step Up to Replace Stolen Christmas Gifts

A Salem woman who reported that a package of donated gifts had been stolen from outside her door Thursday afternoon is now looking forward to a Christmas miracle.

Thanks to some local residents who are embracing the true spirit of the holidays, a young Salem boy who would have otherwise been cheated out of gifts this year will wake up to a miracle on Christmas morning.

As we reported last week, a holiday Grinch struck twice in Salem Thursday - first police learned that a four-foot Christmas tree went missing on Pleasant Street and then they were notified that a box of Globe Santa presents left in the common area of a Ward Street apartment building had been stolen.

The gifts that mysteriously went missing from the box, a local woman told the Boston Globe, were Christmas presents for her four-year-old son.

Well, it wasn't long after Boston TV station WHDH aired a report about the theft that members of the Salem Police Department began receiving calls from area residents looking to help, the Globe reported.

As of this morning, local police officers had reportedly gathered more than a dozen bags of Christmas gifts for the family and were planning on delivering the rest of the presents sometime today.

Leanne Schild December 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Nice story. So often, your headlines focus on the negative things that happen in Salem but SO much good happens here too. More of this kind of story please!
Linda McGrath December 24, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I was happy to read such a lovely story. The Grinch or Grinches were also loose on Broad Street and tore red bows off fence decorations, not once but twice. The first time the bows were thrown on the sidewalk and when replaced were ripped up and thrown into the street.
Henry Talbot December 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Another great community effort by the Community Impact Unit of the Salem Police Department and the Plummer Home! Happy Holidays to the men and woman of the finest police department on the North shore!
Tracey Mitchell December 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Great for the community to step up but would have been much nicer to have donated to an organization that could help more than 1 child, just a thought
corruption December 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Don't leave your Xmas gifts unattended .....a hungry starving child died...for that money could of helped .....you murders

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