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Friends of theft victim 'Making a Difference'

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

At the IXTAPA Mexican restaurant in Eastchase in Montgomery, John Grider is nervous.

"I'm nervous and excited about her reaction," he said.
 
The reaction when Lyndsey Grider sees her friends and the table full of gifts.
 
Call it Christmas in July, but the truth is this is a story of true friends banding together to unwrap the sadness and disappointment of another.
 
One week ago, Lyndsey Grider had her SUV stolen along with $3,000 worth of personal items including her laptop computer near downtown Montgomery.

Lyndsey had stopped to pick up a friend for an out-of-town conference, and when she came back out she noticed her car was gone.
 
"Within two minutes that vehicle was gone," said John Grider.
 
Within a day or so, Mrs. Grider's Facebook friends decided to raise money and buy what was stolen except the SUV.

Then they planned a luncheon and Lyndsey had no clue, no idea until she walked with her mom. It was clear Lyndsey was shocked, overwhelmed with emotions and gratitude.
 
The tears of joy kept flowing and reached their peak when Lyndsey unwrapped the final gift, a brand new laptop.
 
Friend Tori Peters says this was the least they could do and what a difference they made.
 
"We didn't do this to get a pat on the back," Peters said. "We just hope another one of our friends would have done the same had something similar happened."
 
"It means so much to me," said Lyndsey Grider. "They came out and supported me."
 
A total of around 300 people contributed anywhere from $5 to $50 to help buy what was taken from Mrs. Grider.
 
Now the latest on the crime.
 
Montgomery police say they arrested a teenager. Lyndsey's SUV was recovered and needed a few repairs but is now in working order. The Griders plan to press charges.
 
"I do feel sorry for him, and I hope he learns from this," said Lyndsey Grider.
 
For now though there is a celebratory lunch to be shared, the feeling of being made whole again due in no small part to Facebook friends and strangers who cared.

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