To the Person Who Stole This Father’s Gift to His Son,

I will never understand what will bring a person to break into a car and take something that is not theirs the way that you did. I will not pretend to understand the stress or the situations you must be facing for you to do something so irrationally. However, in hopes that you see this letter, maybe you will think twice before stealing from someone’s car.

Last week, you saw a car parked in the North End of New Bedford with a gift basket wrapped nicely in the front seat, filled with toys inspired by The Mandalorian.

Courtesy ABC6
Courtesy ABC6

So, you decided to take it.

I wanted to let you know that you stole this basket from Kameron Nelson, a 17-year-old boy who has been in the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital since mid-November. His father and the owner of the car you busted into, Kenny Nelson, told ABC6, “He was in a coma for about 11 days and they’ve just been slowly waking him up.”

Kenny wanted to surprise his son with a few of his favorite things, but you took that chance away. Kenny took to Facebook to share his frustration, and out of the kindness of their hearts, strangers began sending Kenny’s son gifts and cards of encouragement.

Moreover, the man who made the gift basket, a local New Bedford business owner, made a new gift basket for Kameron, free of charge.

This story has a happy ending, with Kenny surprising his son and Kameron getting the gift that he deserves. But if it wasn’t for the kindness of others, it might have never happened.

I don’t know your financial or personal situation and I don’t know whether you are struggling to make ends meet or just a big fan of Star Wars, but I wanted you to see the bigger picture here.

On the surface, you may have just seen plastic toys, but what you didn’t see was the meaning behind the basket and the desire of a father to lift the spirits of his son.

All I ask is if there is a next time, think twice.

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