Locals help family in need
Jonathan Willis FCT Staff Writer
Some of Santa's helpers must have been in the area this Christmas.
Some members of the Franklin County rescue squad stepped in to save Christmas for one Shoals area family this week.
Steve and Cheri Robinson, of Russellville, rushed to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Muscle Shoals Tuesday morning after listening to a radio report about a Florence family who had lost their gifts to a burglary last week.
The Robinsons responded to a report on 107.3 WQLT about the theft of Christmas presents from the home of Kristi Weakley and her two children in Florence.
After contacting the radio station, the Robinsons got in touch with Weakley's sister-in-law to see what all had been stolen, thus began a quick shopping trip.
The gifts included a bicycle with training wheels, a tricycle, a small keyboard, an art set, a remote control truck, checkers set, tele-tubby, play jewelry and a Shrek 2 DVD.
Robinson said that the story hit his family so close to the heart that his 17 year-old daughter, Kimberley, told him that he could return all of her gifts if he needed the money to buy the gifts for the Weakley's.
Robinson tries to throw off the mention of the good deed that he and his wife, along with the rescue squad, did for the Weakley family.
Jay Klos, of Grogan's Jewelers, purchased a large television for the one that had been stolen from the home and Wal-Mart donated $25.
Robinson also said that he doesn't even care of Kristi Weakley knows who provided the gifts.