Community helps youth group after items stolen from van
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The South Florida community opened more than their hearts and helped a Christian youth group from California, after their rental van was robbed with their personal items.
Twenty-four young adults and teens' traveled from Oakland, California to South Florida for their fist time.
The van the group rented was broken into while they were eating at Pollo Tropical located at 1805 South Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale Thursday night. "We forgive who ever did it but we do ask for help in any way," said Church Member Christie Birseno.
The group said $12,000 in cash was stolen along with their luggage and ID's.
Once the story aired on 7News last night, people from all over South Florida wanted to give a helping hand. "I was watching the news and they said what happened, and it broke my heart," said Joe Rodriguez.
"We are sorry for what happen to you guys, but we are here to make a difference," said "Mobile Mike."
Mobile Mike from the radio and Rodriguez, were able to give the group a much needed surprise. "I have a little something here...$15,000," said Rodriguez.
The group was in tears when the received a $1,500 check that was donated to them. "We kept our hopes up and we know that God used him to bring this to us, so thank you so much," said Church Member Marilyn Dulay.
7New viewer Joe Linder heard about story and treated the group to lunch at a local Applebee's. "I'm a news hound so I went on the web browser and saw the story, and read it and thought someone has to help these people," said Linder.
Different stranger took time out of their busy day to help those who need it the most this holiday season. "This is great man, this is Christmas with a lot of blessings as well so we are just very happy," said a group member.
7 News received dozens of emails and phone calls from viewers who wanted to help the group.
If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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