A classic case of some Grinches trying to steal Christmas cheer has drawn out the true spirit of Christmas.
'People do crazy things at Christmas time.' - Sherri McCaw
About 20 gifts – toys meant for children with cancer – were taken from under a Christmas tree at Jack Astor's Bar and Grill in St. John's last Tuesday.
The gifts were to be donated to Nevaeh's Lemonade Stand, a charity started by Nevaeh Denine for children with pediatric cancer in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Merry makers become gift takers
According to Jack Astor's manager Sherri McCaw, customers who had been at the restaurant took the gifts out of a sleigh, left the restaurant and were picked up by a car.
"One of the servers chased them out but they got in the car and kept the toys," she said. "The servers were pretty angry. Everyone was pretty upset about it. I mean who does that, right?
"It is what it is, people do crazy things at Christmas time."
Devastated staff planned to recoup their losses by offering a free appetizer to anyone who brought in new toys, and started moving donations to the back of the restaurant at the end of every shift.
A Christmas miracle
When the owner of Timemasters, a comic and collectibles store on Torbay Road, heard about what happened, he knew he could help.
Bob Hong invited restaurant staff to his store to pick out $500 worth of plush toys, action figures, and more.
Hong hopes that his generosity will make the holidays a little better for some children who are fighting cancer.
It's a cause that's close to home.
"Kids are important and it's Christmas, so you got to do what you got to do."