A DELIGHTED mum has thanked the Herald and a leading toy store for saving Christmas.
Devastated Nicola Jackson (24) had to tell two-year-old son David that Christmas had been cancelled after thieves ransacked her home in Balornock and stole all their presents.
However, after the Herald contacted Hamleys in Glasgow about Nicola’s story, the generous toy store offered to replace all of David’s presents . . . and also gave him a few extra surprises just in time for Christmas.
The delighted toddler’s list of special gifts included a remote control fire engine, a Thomas the Tank Engine train set, a teddy bear, sweets and toy cars.
And Santa was even on hand to give him his new gifts (pictured above with mum Nicola).
Nicola said: “We’re so grateful to the Herald and Hamleys. I didn’t think there was going to be a Christmas for us this year, but now we can start looking forward to it.
“This will make a huge difference to my life and his. I thought when the stuff was stolen that was it, I can’t believe the Herald and Hamleys have come to help us.
“This is something I am going to be telling him about every Christmas and it means this year his Christmas will be as good as it can be.”
Thieves stole a variety of presents for David during the break-in earlier this month including a train set, a plasma TV and two remote control cars.
Nicola had only just popped out to the shops for 30 minutes.
Grant Yuill, marketing and events manager at Hamleys, said: “This is such a terrible situation and the fact that someone could treat a family in this way, especially at this time of year, is beyond comprehension.
“After we were told what had happened we wanted to replace as much as we could and give Nicola and David a bit extra.
“We’re delighted to be able to help out and if we can bring back a little bit of Christmas cheer to David and Nicola at such a difficult time then that’s fantastic.”
Police are still appealing for anyone who has information about the break-in, which happened on Saturday, December 10, to call Baird Street on 0141 532 4100.
AMAZING: David is pictured with Santa and helpful elves at Hamleys!