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Secret Santa saves Christmas for Meriden theft victims

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The Lewis family had their Christmas saved by a secret Santa.  (WFSB) The Lewis family had their Christmas saved by a secret Santa. (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A family in Meriden had their Christmas cheer restored Thursday thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

The Lewis family has always had one of the biggest and brightest Christmas displays in town.

That is, until a Grinch decided to steal almost all of them last week.

"I was really upset. Why would anybody do that?" homeowner Susan Lewis said.

She wasn't the only one who was upset about the theft.

When Tim Heim of Willington saw the Lewis' story on Channel Three, he decided he wanted to be their secret Santa.

"I want to tell you that when I saw your story, I saw the disappointment in how you felt about the lights being stolen and what you did is you reminded me what Christmas is all about," Heim said to Lewis.

He wanted the family to continue their tradition of spreading holiday cheer.

"I did a little bit of shopping and I got you a couple thousand lights, a couple thousand lights and an inflatable snowman," Heim said.

But that's not all. He replaced nearly all of the Lewis' decorations.

If Heim's name sounds familiar, it's because you've likely seen him in one of our other stories.

He is a victim of the crumbling foundation epidemic impacting state residents.

Heim said the ordeal has made him want to help others in need.

"Somebody like you calls me and kind of restores my faith in mankind. I really do appreciate it," Lewis said.

Although decorating his own home may be bittersweet this year, Heim just hopes to make another person's Christmas a little brighter.

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