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Kamloops grandmother has Christmas spirit restored after thieves make off with decorations

December 20, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Last week, a Kamloops grandmother lost her holiday spirit, heartbroken that her decorations had been stolen. However, some generous locals stepped up to save Christmas.

Nadine Kammerer discovered Dec. 8 that half of her Christmas display was taken overnight. She was devastated.

She'd made an effort to decorate extra this year because of the COVID-19 health orders prohibiting gatherings at Christmas.

"It’s heartbreaking, I was just trying to keep the Christmas spirit up," she said.

"Christmas was finished, as far as I was concerned."

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Then a few days later, people came knocking.

"When the first lady came, I cried," she said. "I was shocked, I just opened the door and there she was.'"

The woman brought Kammerer a reindeer and big blow-up Santa.

"She said that was the last Santa in the store," Kammerer said. "She made the people take it down to give it to me."

Another Good Samaritan donated a snowman and a blow-up chimney, with Santa popping in and out. She got a big blow-up Christmas tree and even a gift basket.

"It was in a big fancy Christmas bag with a bottle of wine, some chips and salsa and cheese to make me feel better," she said. 

She also got a big bin of lights, but now with all her decorations, she's run out of outlets. A neighbour made her a hanging bough decoration for her door too.

Kammerer is so grateful for the community's generosity

"It's just a really good feeling," she said.

If you want to go see her beautiful display, take a drive down the 900 block of St Paul Street after 4 p.m. 

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