The stolen packages, intended as Christmas presents for Evans’ two boys, prompted Debbee Katz, the president of Community Friends Inc., to take action. Katz, upon seeing the news coverage of the incident on WPTV, reached out to Evans. She informed her that the nonprofit had leftover toys from a toy drive and was eager to help replace the stolen gifts.
“I saw them taking the gifts in that video, and I said, ‘I could help,'” said Katz.
Ethan Stein from WPTV visited Katz’s shed, where various toys and books were stored, showcasing the generosity of Community Friends Inc. Katz emphasized that the organization, often referred to as “the little charity that does a lot,” has been helping smaller organizations for the past 25 years.
Evans, who expressed her gratitude, explained that her two boys were unaware of the donated presents. She shared her thankfulness for the group providing a range of gifts, turning what could have been a negative situation into a positive Christmas celebration.
“Especially to keep the Christmas spirit there for them so that they don’t have to have this tragedy as a memory,” said Evans.
To prevent such thefts, the Florida attorney general’s office recommends scheduling deliveries when someone is home, asking neighbors for assistance, requiring a signature for delivery, and installing security cameras.