September 22, 2014

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Woman seeks owner of lost Christmas presents

Dana Hoffman holds the bag of Christmas gifts that were found at Whitney and Diagonal roads. Among the gifts are Christmas cards and a gift certificate. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Dana Hoffman holds the bag of Christmas gifts that were found at Whitney and Diagonal roads. Among the gifts are Christmas cards and a gift certificate. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — With two teenage boys of her own, Dana Hoffman knew that the Christmas presents her husband found lying by the side of the road on Christmas Day must be important to someone’s child.

“Some kid probably really wanted them,” Hoffman said.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hoffman said her husband, Dave, was driving through LaGrange when he saw a bag full of packages lying by the side of the Whitney and Diagonal Road intersection. Realizing that the bag contained Christmas presents, Dave Hoffman brought it home in hopes of finding its owner.

On Thursday, Dana Hoffman made it her mission to return the presents to their original owner by putting out Facebook posts, talking to people she knows and placing a lost-and-found ad in the newspaper.

“I will make sure the owner finds (them),” she said. The bag contains open boxes of boys’ athletic clothing, a shirt and a gift card from a grandmother to her grandson, Zach.

“It crushed me because someone is looking for these gifts,” Dana Hoffman said. After searching through the bag for some identification, Hoffman said she realized that all of the presents seemed to be for a pre-teen
boy.

“It’s nice stuff,” Hoffman said, adding that with two sons, she knows the gifts in the mystery bag are popular clothes for boys around her sons’ ages.

Hoffman plans to continue looking for the owner of the presents and hopes that anyone with more information will call her at (440) 822-4246.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Becky Townsend

    I thought the post on facebook said Jake…

  • rudepplsuck

    It is nice to see an article showing how there are stil people out there who care about others even when they dont know them. Good Luck on Finding this family, they will really appreciate your compassion when you do!!

  • Jamie Smith

    Wow, I cant wait for the follow-up story to this one. I am sure these presents will be returned. I know the Hoffman’s from afar and they are a saintly couple and by the grace of God they found the presents.

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  • beety

    What a nice family! Congratulations on raising your daughter to be kind and caring as well! With all the trashy stories the news is always filled with , this is really nice to see. Karma works both ways. I hope your new year and every year is filled with people who extend the same kindness to you and your family!