Dec 16, 2010 11:52 PM by Maddie Garrett

Donations Replace Stolen Christmas Presents

After KATC first told you about a family who last weekend lost all of their Christmas presents to burglars, many of you have called us wanting to help. And already on Thursday people from across Acadiana have come together to turn a holiday nightmare into a Christmas miracle.

The Crawfish Hut in Rayne has now become the official collection site for donations and gifts to Kaylin Dugas and her four children.

"It's not because of me, it's my children, it's Christmas for children, not for me," said Dugas.

The one thing she wanted to give her children, was taken right from under their tree. And now she says he kids ask why their presents were stolen and who did it, but she says she has no answer for them.

"I just want to give them the Christmas they thought they were going to have," she said.

And when all seemed lost, help came in an unexpected way.

"We were watching the news last night and we heard, seen what had happened, and at Christmas time no kid should go without having something under the tree," said Kenneth Boullion.

Boullion is just one of many people in Acadiana who opened their hearts and their wallets to help the Dugas family.

"Any time somebody's in need of anything, everybody in town just pulls together and tries to help out," said Debbie Thibadeaux, manager of The Crawfish Hut.

She says the help is coming, they've received several phone calls and even presents at their restaurant. She says the owners gladly opened up their doors to help collect those items. Kaylin Dugas says she is grateful for the outpouring from the community, so that her children might have something on Christmas morning.

"And I just want to thank God and thank the people that's trying to help and who are donating," she said.

The children are a 7-year-old girl, and three boys, ages 6, one that will be 5 on 12/21 and a 2-year-old boy. The Crawfish Hut will be collecting donations Friday and Saturday.



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