Friends Rallied to Help After Car Was Stolen, Vandalized
Friends Rallied to Help After Car Was Stolen, Vandalized


A few weeks ago, my vehicle was stolen from the 7-Eleven parking lot, while I was working.

Along with my car the thief or thieves stole the remainder of my income for the month, a digital camera with hundreds of pictures of my kids, and many other items, most which belonged to my 8- and 6-year-old daughters.

Luckily, one of my co-workers found my car abandoned, but still in decent condition, at least on the outside.

I knew all of the possessions would be gone, but I was not prepared for what I saw.

Inside the car, where the heater used to be, there was a huge hole. The entire midsection had been ripped out and wires hung about.

I didn’t realize the extent of what this crime had done to me. Everything was taken. How could anyone be that heartless?

I felt betrayed. How could this happen to me here, the place I’ve lived my entire life?

My heart was broken, my faith shattered, my trust in people gone.

I’m a single mom, supporting two young daughters, what was I going to do? I had no money and no heating system in my car.

Then an amazing thing happened. A true friend and mom from my daughter’s school took it upon herself to organize a fundraiser. She asked all the parents and staff for donations.

Right away, the fine parents and staff of Tres Pinos School were there to help.

I felt so proud to be part of that organization. It restored my faith in people and gave me hope for this community.

Now, I’d just like to return the favor and give credit and thanks to all that helped.

I feel so honored and grateful to the wonderful parents and staff at Tres Pinos School, thank you so much.

To Beth Zgragen for organizing the fundraiser and being such a wonderful friend. You are a true friend and I’m proud to be in your life.

Thanks to Marina for finding my car. I couldn’t have done it without your help. To Tim for helping and for Dave Parks, thank you so much for being there for me through it all, and driving me around.

I am truly grateful and very lucky to have such great friends and to be part of this community.

Nikki Vineyard


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