Mario's Towing is helping Karen Moore get her stolen van repaired and returned to her.
The Kelowna woman had tracked down the 1994 Dodge Caravan after a thief broke in and hot-wired it earlier this month. She didn't have the $320 in fees she needed to spring it from the tow yard, so she went public with her story.
Good Samaritans offered to make donations to cover the bill. Two even pledged to pay it in full. For Moore, the kindness from strangers was overwhelming.
"I'm so grateful. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful people are out there. I just want to thank everybody who has come forward," she said tearfully.
Then came the call from Mario's Towing. Not only did the company offer to haul the damaged vehicle to a Vernon repair shop for free, but manager Nick Moretto told her he slashed the storage bill and someone close to Moore's family had taken care of it.
Moretto promised to deliver the van back to Moore at no charge so she doesn't have to pay a dime.
"When you live in a community, you've got to give back to the community. You can't just take," he said Tuesday. "Sometimes you've got to help."
Moore left work Dec. 12 to find her van stolen from the parking lot.
She was driving along Highway 33 later with her sister when she spotted the vehicle and called 911.
Police pulled over the van, which was full of stolen goods, and arrested the driver. An officer later called Moore to say she could pick up her vehicle from Mario's. Because she lacked theft insurance, she had to cover the towing and storage costs.
Then she learned the van was no longer driveable because the thief had tampered with the ignition.
The tow company doesn't always get to understand the circumstances behind vehicles in its yard, Moretto said. Once he learned her story, Mario's arranged to give her a break.
"She doesn't have the funds," he said. "Everything's been done by the book . . . Kelowna is one of the greatest places in the world to live. If we don't give back, how do we expect to do anything?"
Numerous people willing to make donations called The Daily Courier's newsroom. Brian August, who
offered to cover the bill, said he felt sorry for Moore.
"It's kind of sad to see this happen on Christmas Eve," he said. "Most people have fire, theft and vandalism (insurance) on their cars, but it's an older vehicle and she didn't have it."
"I'm just blown away because I've had so many people calling me," Moore said. "It's been a real Christmas miracle, it really has."
Moore, 52, has scoliosis, so walking on slippery streets is risky. Family and friends are giving her rides until she gets her van back.