December 27th, 2013
09:24 AM ET

Community Buys Christmas Gifts for Robbed Soldier

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff,"  a grinch steals Christmas from a soldier but an entire town comes together to give it back. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Corporal Chris Petrossian from Lodi, California, just came home from a seventeen month tour of duty.

He's been ordering christmas gifts for his family for months in anticipation of the holiday, so imagine how he felt when he got home and found out that thieves broke in and stole all of it.

“They just ripped open all the packages and they helped themselves to whatever they want, which is everything, ” he says.

What happened next is amazing.  The responding officer –  a Gulf war vet himself, told his fellow officers and they started raising money to bring Christmas gifts to the man's family.

Word spread through the town and they raised enough money to restore almost all the gifts.

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  1. Deborah

    There's some "LOW DOWN SCUM" in this world.I hope they will if they haven't got caught ,get caught an made to pay back everything they took,plus go to "PRISON" for a long time."NO GOOD TRASH".

    January 3, 2014 at 3:32 am | Reply
  2. Sherwin Start

    GOD BLESS All Those that Pitched in to RESTORE Christmas to This Family!!
    I Hope they FIND Whom ever is Responsible! NOT EVEN GOD WILL FORGIVE this Act of SELFISHNESS!!

    December 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  3. Richard Cole

    Nice to know there is still some decent officers who in this case deserves the title of "Peace Officer" and not "Code Enforcement". Thank you young man for your courage to help out a fellow brother. God will surely Bless you and I would like to thank both the officer and solder for their service to our country.

    December 28, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
  4. Name*Catalina Acevedo

    Thank you guys for this awesome news. It gets a little annoying when you turn on the tv and all you hear are bad news!!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  5. Carol Nassef

    I am glad they helped him but i am still upset noone helped my son when he was robbed not once but 3 times and one time he was on his ship and they robbed him his own shipmates did it and twice they broke down the door to his apartment in base housing on the marine base and took everything and i mean everything he had and hes still paying on the stuff they stole from him it's a shame people steal from our troops my son is in the navy and this was done to him

    December 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  6. Katelyn

    Warms the heart to know there are good people on the world.

    December 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  7. Nancy310

    Proof that there are still so many good people in our country. If those others would just stop fighting against us. There's room enough for all of us. GOD BLESS THOSE THAT HELPED HERE. And thank you, Corporal Petrossian, for volunteering to serve in our military.

    December 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  8. Sherry L. Taras

    Thank God for Earth Angels! ❤

    December 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  9. aforve sylvester selorm

    this is the way that GOD wants us to be

    December 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  10. aforve sylvester selorm

    this is simply love

    December 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply

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