Despite a few tips, it appears a sentimental wagon stolen from a Kamloops This Week newspaper carrier with special needs this past summer summer is gone for good — but the story is not without a silver lining.
Angela Nordin, 34, who lives on Fleetwood Avenue in Brocklehurst with her mother and stepfather, purchased the yellow, metal wagon last fall to pull the load of KTW papers she drops off at doorsteps twice per week, between shifts at a local restaurant.
Nordin’s mother, Roberta Johnston, said they bought the wagon in part because its distinct yellow paint job reminds Nordin of her father, who died about 15 years ago.
Yellow was his favourite colour.
The wagon went missing overnight in July. It was parked outside Johnston’s bedroom window along the side of the home.
The next morning, the family discovered it was gone.
Whoever took it was likely able to spot it from the road and walked up the carport, Johnston said.
Though it hasn’t been seen since, a new yellow wagon was not on Nordin’s Christmas wish list this year.
Speaking to KTW five months after the theft, Johnston said someone who had read the newspaper story about the theft donated a large, red metal wagon to the family.
What’s more, a contractor who had been doing renovations on the family’s home at the time offered to paint the wagon yellow, so it would resemble the one stolen from Nordin.
Johnston said this wagon is larger than the previous one and is better able to fit the bulky holiday editions of KTW Nordin and a friend deliver.
Nordin said that while she liked her old wagon the best, she is happy to have the new vehicle, which gets the job done.
“She’s very blessed to even have a wagon and it’s wonderful to have one that someone had given to her and nobody had to go out and spend any money or any of that,” Johnston said.
Johnston said the family is thankful to the community for all their help trying to find the wagon and providing a replacement.