WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - One Wilmington family woke up Monday morning and noticed their inflatable Christmas decorations had been stolen, but thanks to the kindness of strangers on social media, their holiday cheer won’t be ruined.
Tonya Tillage lives off Antoine Drive near Monkey Junction and took to WECT’s Community Voice Facebook page, furious that someone took her son’s inflatable Minion decorations.
Tillage was most worried about how Brayden, who has autism, would react to the theft. Knowing that he would likely be devastated, she waited until after Brayden got out of school to break the news to him.
All he could say was, “they are mean.”
Hours after the Facebook post, dozens of people reached out to donate money so Tillage could purchase new inflatable yard decorations for her son. She said the wave of generosity from the community was surprising.
“I didn’t expect the outcome, the, ‘Hey, let us replace it. Let us help you.’ That’s not what we were looking for," Tillage said. “It was just kind of out of anger, that someone would steal from kids.”
On Monday, she received new Winnie the Pooh and Minion inflatables.
“Good people are still around!” Tillage said in a follow-up post.