It was a very Merry Christmas for a family in New Haven on Friday.
Nine bikes were delivered to their home thanks to generous community members.
It all started earlier this week when someone stole dozens of gifts from a local toy drive at the police substation that collects toys for 1,000 children in New Haven.
The United Way stepped up and raised close to $5,000 to replace the stolen toys. Then, another non-profit, New Horizon in New Haven, donated bikes that were made in Connecticut.
Nine of those bikes were donated to the Coreoda family on Friday.
“I’m speechless, I’m shaking everything, I can’t even explain the words,” said Telia Coreoda, who is a mother of nine, and has another on the way.
The family was chosen by a woman spearheading the organization.
“Trust me she’s a good lady, she goes above and beyond, not just the material things, she’s there with support, everything,” said Metashar Dillon, who organized the drive.
“Nine children, one on the way, these bikes rightfully should go to this family, the husband out of work, doing the best they can, so I knew this would put a smile on the children’s face,” Dillon added.
Police are still looking for the person responsible for stealing the toys.
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