Stolen bike leads to early Easter surprise

Published: Mar. 26, 2016 at 2:25 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2016 at 6:19 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The first smile to come across 10-year-old Judith Garza's face in two days happened Friday afternoon, all thanks to people she doesn't even know.

A promise from a small group of strangers saying they would buy Judith a new bike after seeing a post on the Facebook page, Amarillo Stolen Stuff. Posted by her mother, the message claimed Judith's bike was taken from their front yard and the family could not afford to buy a new one.

"She was very upset, we both were very upset," said Judith's mom, Guadalupe Guzman. "Nothing like this has ever happened to us."

Guzman says Judith's bike that was stolen was the first bike she ever received. The Facebook post struck a cord with about seven people -- all pitching in their time and money to find a bike similar to the one Judith had just in time for the Easter weekend.

"Easter is another time for the kids," said David Poole, who helped buy Judith's new bike. "For a little girl to get her bike stolen by somebody is wrong."

"This is going to be an experience for that little girl who will never forget the kindness of strangers," said Lysa McKillip, who started Amarillo Stolen Stuff. "She was stolen from as a child, you don't steal from children and the community is coming together for a memory she will never forget."

Guzman says she won't forget either.

"Honestly, all the theft you hear about in this city made me want to give up on Amarillo," said Guzman. "I didn't think there would be anybody that would actually do something like this. It surprised me. I'm happy for my baby and I know she's happy."

A Good Friday made even better by some good people.

"I feel happy they gave me a bike," said Garza.

Amarillo Stolen Stuff is designed to reunite people with their stolen property. Even though that didn't happen in this situation, Judith's family agrees that act of kindness out weighs the loss.

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