UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Frances Frazier's faith in humanity was nearly destroyed then restored, all in the space of a week, and both by strangers.
Frazier is raising her five grandchildren in her Cornhill home while their father is in prison. She'd just got all of their children's Christmas presents off of layaway when someone stole them from their basement. Those who know her say Frazier would have given the presents away if someone in need had just asked her. That's what made her feel so violated, for the first time in 36 years in her Utica home.
"It just ripped my heart out so I'm still having a few problems but for the most part I'm just happy for my children, my grandchildren," says Frazier.
Happy because what one stranger took, other strangers have replaced.
"People have been, you know, they've rallied around me and my family and a lot of the people that know me and so many that don't and actually sort of restored my faith in people," says Frazier.
The Utica grandmother says strangers have been stopping by with donations, but also-friends she hasn't seen in 30 years.
"An anonymous donor donated money, actually there have been several anonymous donors that came through and donated money but they didn't want me to identify them so it's hard because you want to thank everybody."
Frazier shared with Utica Police the receipts for the toys, including a doll in a wheelchair for her 16-year-old granddaughter with special needs.