Outpouring of support restores holiday spirit for Clinton mom

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets donated hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards to the family. (WFSB)

It was a surprise one Connecticut mother never expected, but it ended up bringing back her holiday spirit.

Jade Reilly, of Clinton, had her car stolen, along with hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas gifts for her three daughters.

Eyewitness News shared her story on Sunday night, and since then, several people have been looking to help her family out.

"I'm speechless, I just can't even think about it all right now,” Reilly said on Tuesday.

When she walked into Clinton Police Department on Tuesday, she thought she was meeting with officers to claim some of her missing belongings, but she was asked to stop by for a completely different reason.

After seeing her story, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets wanted to help, and pulled off the ultimate surprise.

"I'm probably not showing it but I'm pretty emotional inside myself right now and I'm just happy to help her out in a time of need,” said Christopher Durant, general manager of Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

The outlets, as well as the employees at the individual stores, donated hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards to the family, and a purse for Reilly.

"We wouldn't want to wake up in the morning and feel disappointed that we couldn't give our kids exactly what they wanted ... and it's all about the joy of giving,” said Kathleen Mones, director of Marketing and Business Development.

Clinton police said they were happy to be part of such a special day.

"It's just great people would step up and do a kind thing,” said Clinton Police Chief Vincent Demaio.

He said detectives served a search warrant at a home in New Haven on Tuesday morning, and found stolen valuables from about 10 different cities and towns across the state.

He believes at least a dozen people could have been involved in the crime spree.

"We have them all identified now and we're currently seeking arrest warrants,” Demaio said.

Reilly said she knows the department has been working hard to put the pieces together, and she’s grateful for all of the support she has received.

"Thank you ... thank you so much. I appreciate this so much. I don't even know what to say right now,” Reilly said.

After this surprise and after these past couple of days, Jade now wants to pay it forward.

She's looking for organizations where she can volunteer her time.

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