Acts of kindness foil toy-stealing Grinch in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – a Grinch tried to steal Christmas in New Haven, after hundreds of toys from a citywide holiday event over the weekend were stolen.
Police are still searching for whoever took those toys but what started with a reprehensible act, led to a multitude of kindness.

Decorations, trees, a broken ornament are fragments of what’s left of the Citywide Winter Wonderland Holiday event held at the New Haven Armory.
But an act of selfishness almost made it a not so bright Christmas for many children with nothing under the tree.

Event organizer, Honda Smith.

“As I came to the door to show the mayor that this was the girl’s room, I looked in and I saw two gentlemen in the room.”

Smith was walking through with Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, they found two men where the toys for girls were stored.

“When I saw them they were bending down, putting toys into a bag, underneath their arms and opening up head phones package and I told them to drop everything and get out.”

Smith said, they left, “They told me that they were ministers, yes of a church but they never told me what church they belonged to, so you really don’t know whether they were ministers? exactly.”

Then came the realization that hundreds of toys were missing.

“They didn’t have to steal because everyone was going to receive a gift, not a child was going to be left from receiving anything so it was for them, they came and stole from themselves.”

A call for help, led to a line of people, replacing the stolen toys.

“It was so amazing to see all these people whom I’ve never known that have such gracious hearts and caring hearts to give to these children and I am very grateful.”

Like the bible story of the the loaves of bread and fish, prayers were answered, multitudes were served and there was a surplus.

A surplus for families like the Cottons.

Stephanie Cotton said, “What can you say really in an instance like that? All you can do is to pray that others will come forth and come through on behalf of those who don’t have.”

Smith pointed out, “That’s just the way God works. Those people who stole from us thought we were going to be saddened by it but now our hearts is filled with joy because God allowed us to have more of an abundance.”

Thankful hearts for the spirit of the season.

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