Diane Brown cries after her granddaughter, Amanda Jenkins (right), surprises her with donations after she had $1,100 stolen from her purse while Christmas shopping. (Amanda Jenkins photo/Facebook)

VIDEO: Esquimalt grandmother surprised by Christmas donations

Strangers pitched in to replace $1,100 stolen from Diane Brown’s purse at Hillside Shopping Centre

After $1,100 was stolen out of her purse, Diane Brown was surprised by donations from strangers.

Her reaction was captured on video as her granddaughter, Amanda Jenkins, handed her $640 of the total.

“All of these strangers donated all of this money to you,” Jenkins tells Brown in the video. Her grandmother immediately begins tearing up, and says “Thank you.”

The 73-year-old was shopping for Christmas presents at Hillside Shopping Centre earlier in December when she was bumped into by a stranger. She fell, and realized the money in her purse was missing. She’d been given $1,100 from a family member since she is on old age pension and has limited funds.

READ MORE: Surprise coming to elderly Esquimalt woman who had $1,100 stolen from purse

The total reached $1,145, much of it from a Facebook group for moms. One donation was for $500.

“You’re welcome, Nan. I’m so happy that you’re happy,” Jenkins said as she hugged Brown.

The post on the Victoria Rant & Rave Facebook group already has more than 200 likes and comments from people saying the video brought tears to their eyes too.

“I felt really proud of the community coming together to help my grandmother,” Jenkins said. “I wanted to give more to people in my life and to strangers. I felt a really strong awareness of Christmas spirit.”

READ MORE: Saanich mother’s 1,000 cranes fundraiser takes flight


@KeiliBartlett
keili.bartlett@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nainamo grew faster than Greater Victoria in 2019

Other Vancouver Island communities also recorded growth, but at lower rates

Sidney faces rising capital costs around RCMP building

Town staff expect RCMP model to remain ‘cost effective’ option

Campus View Elementary undergoes $4.2 million in seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary undergoes significant seismic upgrades

Claremont Spartans win the inaugural Senior Girls’ AAAA Basketball Island Championship

Claremont Spartans win their Feb. 15 game agains the Royal Bay Ravens 71 - 64

VIDEO: Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award

Leonard scored 30 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group to meet on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

B.C. man released from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Because Spencer Fehrenbacher has American citzensip, he was evacuated by the U.S.

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

Most Read