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According to Fox 28, generosity has poured in to help the father of two little girls who says thieves broke into his van in the Northern Lights area and stole Christmas presents he bought to put underneath his tree.

Rob says he returned from the hospital Wednesday to find the passenger window on his van was broken and the gifts he had inside were gone. He says he was at the hospital bedside of his girlfriend’s baby boy who had pneumonia.

After the story aired that night, people started calling and emailing the ABC6/FOX28 newsroom asking how to help. Some asked to remain anonymous and donated gift cards and cash to Rob and his girls.

Jeff Allison saw the story and he and his wife started marking off a Christmas wish list. “We forgot how hard it was to shop for an 8 and 5 year olds.” said Allison, President of Magnetic Springs Water Company.

Allison and his wife Sandy were able to replace the stolen gifts.

“It’s just a good feeling that people can help other people when something l like that happens,” said Allison.

Rob says his daughters, Briannah and Makayla, have no idea what the last two days have been like.

“It’s truly a blessing to have people like that in the world,” said Rob.

One day he says he’ll share the life lesson.

“That way they also understand how to treat people in life treat people fairly and the right way in life,” said Rob.

Until then, the magic of Christmas morning will play out with more than he first was able to give.

“He’s my angel he’s my Santa he’s my girl’s Christmas miracle this year,” said Rob.

Clinton Township police are investigating the van break in.