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UPDATE: Blue Santa comes to the rescue for E. Texas family

UPDATE: A family who lost all their Christmas presents to a thief will still be able to celebrate.

The Longview Police Department's "Blue Santa" program delivered bags of presents Thursday to single mom Crystal Lee and her son Avery.

Tuesday, Lee reported to police that all her Christmas presents for her and her son had been stolen from under her tree.

The sight of Blue Santa was overwhelming.

"I said, 'Oh my, what do I do,' then I went to the door, and she had a huge gift, I mean bags of gifts , I'm sorry I was so excited for my son," Crystal expressed.

And, two-year-old Avery even got to open up a couple of his gifts.


LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- In a matter of moments, the Christmas for two East Texas single mothers was stolen right out from under them, leaving their children with nothing under the tree. Thieves struck Tuesday afternoon at their apartments in the 4-hundred block of Tammy Lynn drive in Longview. Crystal Lee says she was playing with her son Avery in her back yard, with her front door unlocked. She came back in to see her Christmas presents gone.

"You should have seen him crying last night , where's my toys momma. He knew," Lee says. "The gifts are gone , the gifts are gone, the things I got him from my heart is gone, I'm taking the tree down its over, I'm taking the tree down," she says.

Neighbor Markethia Winston had her presents under the tree as well, they were planning on having Christmas together with their children.

"My first thought was oh my gosh my baby's presents are gone, she's not going to have Christmas, that hurt me because this is her first Christmas," Winston says.

Nothing else was taken, but every present under the tree and even what was in the stockings was gone. Lee filed a police report for the missing items. Clothes and toys, but it was what she had worked hard to provide for her son.

"They have to be heartless people who just don't care, why would you do that," Winston says.

"Oh my god its four days , what am I going to do? what am I supposed to tell my son Christmas morning," Lee says.

But all is not lost. The Longview Police Department Blue Santa program will be providing Christmas gifts to the kids.

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