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Community rallies to save Christmas for local family

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - West Michigan is rallying to help a family after thieves took off with their Christmas presents.

Burglars broke into the Parks family's home in Battle Creek on Wednesday afternoon, taking gifts right from under the tree.

Martha Parks tearfully told Newschannel 3 that night that she didn't think she'd be able to replace them.

But on Thursday, her family has something to smile about.

Newschannel 3 was flooded with calls and emails after the Parks' story aired, all from local people wanting to help turn the holiday around for the family.

A well-known Kalamazoo businessman also saw the story and contacted Newschannel 3 with an idea.

Parks, a grandmother, had a list of everything that was taken, and a group went to Meijer to change all that.

Bill Wright stuffed the cart with everything on the kids wish lists and then some.

"I believe we need to take it one person at a time; just help them," he said. "You can't save the world, but you can help one."

Video games, toys, winter coats, and even some fuzzy slippers for the girls.

"Without us helping each other, our community's not going to stay great," Wright said.

With that, cartfuls of Christmas cheer were on their way to Battle Creek.

The gifts were delivered to the Parks family around 4:00 p.m.