Mother recovering from cancer treatment has family’s presents stolen twice

The family hopes the thief isn't using the woman's situation to take advantage of the presents at her home.

ATLANTA — It hurt the first time. The second time, it broke their hearts.

A mother recovering from cancer treatment learned that the Christmas gifts she ordered for her four kids were stolen.

Amanda Coley, who recently had a bone marrow transplant in Atlanta, had to use money from donations to buy her children gifts on Amazon. But last week, someone came by their home in LaGrange and stole them.

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Coley had no choice but to reorder the gifts to receive them in time for Christmas, but the thief struck again and took the gifts just one day before Christmas Eve.

That left Coley and her family heartbroken and angry.

"She called Amazon, refunded the money, then reordered it, then somebody got it again. Same day, delivered again and it was gone,” Coley’s sister, Maggie Kingston, said.

They'll get the couple hundred dollars back, but Christmas wasn't the same.

And it's a lot for a family, already dealing with so much, and for the kids who only wanted one gift this year: their mom home.

“She’s not working, just her husband… they make it, barely. But especially when all that stuff was donated,” Kingston said. “It’s sad. It’s heartbreaking.”

The family said there has been one bright spot during the holiday season -- for Christmas, the Backstreet Boys surprised Coley with a gift basket after video of her singing “I Want it That Way” with the nurses of Northside Cancer Center went viral.


Amanda Coley had her Christmas gifts
Amanda Coley had her Christmas gifts (WSB-TV)