San Lorenzo, CA—Natalie Conkel has struggled to enjoy Christmas since her husband's death five years ago. This year she tried to get herself in the holiday spirit by decorating the outside of her ouse.
Conkel was crushed to find her decorations stolen just a few days after she put them up. She told her neighbor Leslie Lewis about the crime and Leslie took matters into her own hands, making a Facebook page to collect decorations.
"From there it just kind of snowballed," Lewis said. "We had tons of people dropping off decorations at my home every day."
One night, Conkel's son David took her out for dinner and while they were away, over 50 neighbors quickly decked her home in lights, wreaths and other decorations. When Conkel returned she was greeted by a choir, $500 to pay her electric bills and a beautifully decorated house.
The most amazing part? Many of the volunteers didn't even know Conkel, or each other, personally. They saw the posting on their community Facebook page and came together to bless their neighbor.
"It's so nice to see people that I don't even know coming together for me, a stranger," Conkel said. "It was beyond nice and beyond wonderful."