Young girl's stolen bicycle for Christmas present replaced by generous donors

CLARKSTON, WA - A young girl woke up on Christmas morning with a great big surprise. But shortly after that, her only gift was taken away.

KLEW News learns how the community helped save her holiday season.

For Kassandra Brown of Clarkston, saving up for Christmas wasn't easy.

"It was just a hard year," said Brown.

But she did it for her two daughters to get them each one special present, a bicycle. So when the family came home the day after Christmas to find the bike was missing, they were devastated.

"For three hours I searched and searched and searched for that bike," said Brown.

"I thought that after this bike I was never going to get another bike," said daughter Abigail Brown.

Brown filed a police report, posted on websites and made a plea on Craiglist asking if anyone had seen Abigail's bike around town. What would happen next was a Christmas miracle. A local couple saw the post and shared it on their social media pages. People got involved, started donating and before the end of the week, strangers raised enough money to get her a brand new mountain bike, helmets for her and her sister and even a bike pump.

"This young lady didn't need to suffer for that," said Follett's Mountain Sports Manager, Steve Dietz. "And so we just hooked her up with the help from the other guys it was a good deal. It needed to happen."

"She was teary eyed and her parents were teary-eyed and it just hit a spot in my heart," said donor Jim Cook.

To the thief who took Abigail's only Christmas present?

"I say thank you," said Abigail's mom. "Thank you for the forced donation. You showed my family what community can do."

A community that some days feels a lot like family.

The donors involved are taking this even one step further. They're forming an organization, Bike Blessings, to replace stolen bikes for local kids in the future.