LITTLE CHUTE WISCONSIN — Some Wisconsin homes were visited by a selfless gift-giver a little early this Christmas season.
However, it was not a cheerful old man in a white suit and long hair who came down their chimneys. A Little Chute auto repair shop owner had a truck full lost packages waiting at their door.
Gracy’s Auto Body Shop in Little Chute has been owned by Dan Theimer for twelve years. After the truck was damaged in an accident, a FedEx cargo van was towable from his shop on Dec. 13. The van was full of 80 packages en route to be delivered throughout the Fox Valley.
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The packages had not been delivered by FedEx nor van company until Wednesday. Theimer said the subcontractor told him: “That’s not our problem.”
Theimer, a Fox Valley native, was familiar with some of the names printed on the boxes. So he called the owners to tell them the contents were in his shop.
“The first couple of people who picked up their stuff were so happy, so I thought, ‘Maybe I better see what I can do to disperse the rest of this load,'” Theimer said.
The shipping labels contained phone numbers so Theimer called the addresses and advised them to come by his shop. The remaining half of the parcels didn’t include phone numbers so Theimer packed them in his truck, and then delivered them to their owners.
He said, “It was absolutely the right thing to have done.” “I started to think, ‘It’s getting awfully close to Christmas. You’re going to be wanting this stuff. It was amazing to see the expressions on these folks’ faces after I had brought my stuff. It almost seems like everybody would tell me what was in their package. They didn’t ask me.”
He delivered boxes for a company holiday party, a sewing machine a mother was planning to give to her daughter for Christmas and even someone’s medication. He said that the delivery took three hours.
Many were shocked when the man showed up at their houses with the missing parcels. FedEx was contacted several times by people who tried to trace their purchase.
Theimer stated that two people were able to see a tear in the eyes and said they had just restored their faith in humanity.
They seemed to think it was an insignificant thing, even though it was small.
It wasn’t until Saturday — a week before Christmas — that someone from FedEx showed up to Gracy’s unannounced to retrieve the packages.
Theimer replied, “I told them, ‘They are already gone.’
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