Community comes together for family who had everything stolen

Community comes together for family who had everything stolen
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — After dealing with their fully loaded moving truck being stolen, the French family held out hope when they heard the truck had been found. High hopes quickly crashed as they witnessed Bakersfield police opening the trailer earlier this week.

A cavity once filled with their possessions was now empty. The feeling of devastation went well beyond the emotion felt by the French family.

“To have it all disappear at any time of year, but especially the holiday season, (is devastating),” said Eyewitness News viewer Ronda Tunbaugh, who echoed the sympathy felt by many in the community.

Tunbaugh donated a 52-inch television to the French family - a glimpse of Bakersfield's giving spirit.

Offers of cash donations, clothes and appliances also came in via phone, an abundance of generosity pouring in from the community.

Local businessman Kevin Gutierrez made sure they family was prepared to receive the community's donations. Gutierrez is the general manager of Reliable Moving and Storage.

“As business owners, when we heard about the dilemma the folks were in. we wanted to open up our facility," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez has reserved space in Reliable's 130,000-square-foot facility to make sure there is room for all of the donations.

“Bring whatever the community wants into here. We will hold it. At the time that is appropriate and whenever the family wants, we will deliver out to the residence to get them set up,” Said Gutierrez

Donations will be accepted beginning Wednesday at the facility, 3101 Gilmore Ave.

Monetary donations can also be given via any Bank of America branch, using account No. 5010-1458-3546.