Good Samaritans replace thousand in electronics taken in burglary
Generous donors step up after seeing our story
Last Updated: 434 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
We have an update to a story about a Bakersfield boy we've been following for the last couple of weeks.
Ethan Perez, 9, will have to have one of his legs amputated because of a vascular condition.
His family bought him a very special scooter as a reward for after the surgery.
Then the family's home was burglarized. The burglars not only took Ethan's scooter, they also took a lot of the family's electronics.
"I felt terrible about it. About the things he has to go through already and now it's multiplied by such a tragic incident. I wanted to do whatever little bit I can to help out," donor Sam Solakyan said.
The scooter was replaced by a generous teacher.
"She said, 'Please let me be the first,' and I said, 'It was expensive. It was over $400,' She's like, 'No problem. I got it. Please let me help,'" Ethan's mom Debbie Landry said.
The family was still out the thousands of dollars of electronics the burglars made off with.
Solakyan and Alex Ghazarian saw the story on the 23ABC website and knew they had to help.
"I don't even know them. They are strangers. I got a phone call and they said, 'I want to help. We have the means, we want to help,'" Landry said.
The good Samaritans told the family to email them a list of what they wanted. Ethan says when faced with a chance like that he was torn over how to respond.
"You don't want to go overboard and sound selfish and then in my opinion you wouldn't want to pass up this opportunity," Perez said.
In the end he decided time would give him a little clarity.
"We had the decision to just sleep on it get some fresher thoughts," Perez said.
Monday the family was given an impressive pile of electronics they say replaces everything they lost in the burglary.
"Amazing speechless best day of my life," Perez said.
The family calls Solakyan and Ghazarian angels, but they aren't comfortable with that.
"I think everybody would love to help. I am just blessed to have the means to be able to do it so why not do it," Solakyan said.
The family says they have been overwhelmed by the support from the community.
"Thank you. The community; just thank you," Perez said.
Meanwhile, police have stepped up patrols in the area and are still processing evidence from the break-in, including fingerprints.
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