Last weekend, Stephanie Bowman experienced the ugly side of humanity when thieves robbed her Orlando charity of a 12-foot trailer — and the hundreds of Christmas toys for needy children that were inside.
Now Bowman is experiencing the holiday flip side.
After I shared One Heart for Women and Children's story in Wednesday's paper, generous souls from throughout Central Florida — and the country — responded by flooding Bowman with everything from toys to cash.
The first offer came in before 7 a.m. when a local businessman wanted to buy her a bigger and better trailer than the one that was stolen.
Ellen DeGeneres' show called. So did a representative of the New York Yankees.
A man in Baltimore shipped down 70 boxes of stuffed animals. Miller's Ale Houses throughout the region agreed to start collecting donations.
She received hundreds of offers of help.
"It has been amazing," Bowman said. "Re-affirming. There are so many more angels than Grinches."
I'll keep following the story. For more information — how to help and what else has been donated — visit orlandosentinel.com/takingnames.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun