November 28, 2013 (El Cajon) – Just in time for Thanksgiving, El Cajon resident Jacque Bradfute and her 6-year-old stepdaughter, Haley, have new holiday decorations to replace a stolen display. The heartwarming donations came from a secret Santa with help from El Cajon residents Deena While and Shirley Johnson.
On Monday, just after putting up holiday décor including an inflatable Santa, Bradfute heard a commotion and came out to find everything missing, like a scene straight out of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Johnson and While (owner of the former Reader’s Inc bookstore in La Mesa) delivered new decorations yesterday complete with wreath, Santa and an inflatable reindeer. The donations came after Bradfute posted about the theft on an online police message board.
The anonymous donor who aided in the effort “wanted her daughter to know there’s good people in the world,” While told 10 News. (View video)
Bradfute said she was moved nearly to tears.
"Oh, goodness; it makes me want to cry," said Jacque Bradfute, choking back tears as she looked upon the Christmas display donated by two El Cajon residents.
Haley will see the decorations on this Thanksgiving Day, thanks to the kindness of community members.
“It makes me feel really blessed,” Bradfute said, adding, “It feels like the holidays again.”