Whitehorse house burgled while homeowners away at family funeral
Offers of help and donations pour in, after car and other belongings stolen
A Whitehorse woman is grateful for the offers of help pouring in after her home was broken into while she was in the N.W.T. attending her brother's funeral.
If she and her family hadn't been away for the funeral, the theft would have "just been another random act of violence," said Dayna Jerome.
But arriving back on New Year's Day to discover the break-in hit her hard.
The break-in makes her feel "like I don't have a home to bring my family back to."
Jerome, her spouse and her four children had left Whitehorse Dec. 22. On the way back, they had driven straight from Fort McPherson, N.W.T., anxious to get home.
"I didn't even overnight," she said. "I just gassed up in Dawson and came straight to Whitehorse."
She had Tim Hortons coffee on her mind the whole drive, and all she wanted was to get home, have a shower and crawl into bed.
"It was a red flag that my car wasn't in the driveway," said Jerome. "It isn't winter-worthy."
It took her spouse two minutes in their Baranov neighbourhood home, in Porter Creek, to realize it had been broken into. Along with the car, many of the family's belongings were missing.
Later, friends, family and acquaintances who knew that Jerome's house had been broken into started to tag her in for-sale posts of items like TVs and surround sound systems on Facebook buy and sell pages, in case the items had been stolen from her.
"I just wanted the public to be aware that my residence was broken into, and that's why I was being tagged," she said.
She didn't expect the kind responses, with people offering to donate household items, clothes, blankets and shoes.
"It kind of blew up, actually, on the internet," said Jerome. "People want to help."
She said she didn't make the post because she wanted anything from anyone, but said she is grateful for the offers.
"I'm willing to accept the help," she said.
"I'm not really a people person so this is a lot for me. I just want to thank everyone in Whitehorse. It doesn't go unnoticed."
The RCMP is investigating the theft.