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Single Mother Targeted By Thieves, Desperate To Give Daughters A Christmas

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Twenty-two-year-old single mother Kathleen Carter said thieves broke into her apartment and stole much of her belongings including her daughters' Christmas gifts. Twenty-two-year-old single mother Kathleen Carter said thieves broke into her apartment and stole much of her belongings including her daughters' Christmas gifts.
Carter received gifts for her daughters from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree project. Now she hopes generous Oklahomans will once again help her to give her daughters a Christmas. Carter received gifts for her daughters from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree project. Now she hopes generous Oklahomans will once again help her to give her daughters a Christmas.

Rusty Surette, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A real life Grinch targeted a metro family already relying on Oklahoma's generosity.

Last week Kathleen Carter said someone broke into her Oklahoma City apartment and took off with a lot of the family's belongings, including her daughters' Christmas gifts.

"I just don't understand how people can be so cruel," Carter said through tears.

Carter, 22, is a struggling single mom who lives at the Wentwood on MacArthur apartment complex on Northwest 10th street with her two kids and her mother. This year she turned to the Salvation Army and its Angel Tree program for help.

"It was so wonderful. We went to pick up the presents on Thursday and it was a blessing. There was a whole bunch of them," Carter said.

She was going to surprise her daughters, 4-year-old Keyshia and 2-year-old Destiny, with the gifts on Christmas morning.

"I'm broke and I don't have nothing to give them now," Carter said.

 Sheli Stites is a family friend who called News 9 to ask for help.

"I want to help, but I don't know what to do. I just don't have it. I also live paycheck to paycheck," said Stites. "If anybody could help, it would be Oklahoma."

Carter and Stites aren't worried about the clothes, food and other items in the apartment that were taken. Right now, they're worried about finding new gifts for the children before Christmas morning.

 "Everyone knows Santa doesn't bring gifts to naughty children. I don't want them to think they're naughty because these little girls are good kids. They try so hard and they've been through so much," Stites said.

Carter has filed a police report, but so far no one has been arrested.

She said her family is already making plans to move out and find another place to live.

Anyone who wants to help the family with replacing the gifts can contact Rusty Surette at News 9 by e-mailing rusty.surette@news9.net or calling 405-841-9917.

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