Anonymous pensioner replaces games stolen in New Year burglary in Selsdon
A KIND-HEARTED pensioner sent two boys money from her savings to replace their stolen Christmas presents after reading about them in the Advertiser.
And all the 65-year-old wants in return for the gift is for the brothers to help to start a "chain of kindnesses" and "spread a little happiness in 2012".
Her request was detailed in the heart-warming note that accompanied a cheque for £100.
Earlier this month we reported how partygoers crept into five-year-old Kyreim Paul's bedroom in Selsdon and stole his treasured Nintendo DS games as he slept on New Year's Eve.
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Thieves – who also snatched his 11-year-old brother Jurheim's new games – left the siblings devastated when they woke to find their collection had gone.
The bash was being hosted by the youngsters' older sister Montana, 18, who had convinced her mum Elaine to let her have the party when she was out.
Our generous reader, who said she was not courting publicity and did not want to be named, told the Advertiser: "I just thought 'how awful it must be for those poor boys'.
"They are obviously not rolling in money and I felt sorry for the daughter too.
"I thought it was very sad and I just wanted to bring a little happiness to them."
Student Elaine, from Copse View, had saved for months to buy her sons six games they desperately wanted for Christmas.
Guests also stole the boys' previous collection, taking 14 games in total.
She said: "The boys were just so, so happy when I told them about the money, the letter and the woman.
"People like that just don't exist anymore – that niceness left England in the seventies."
Elaine, with help from a friend, had managed to buy a small number of games back for the boys, but she is now looking forward to replacing even more.
She added: "Kyreim wanted to make his own little card to the woman straight away.
"I'm just so pleased for my boys – I can't believe what she's actually done, I'm so thankful."
In her letter, our reader asks that the brothers do a good deed in return for the money.
Elaine continued: "My 11-year-old is a giving person anyway – he would do anything for anybody. But they both want to thank her big time."
The mystery benefactor, from Sutton, said: "I do think kind deeds generate kind deeds, just as nastiness generates more nastiness.
"It would be lovely if children were in the mindset of doing something nice for somebody else from a young age – then maybe they would grow up in that mindset.
"There's no greater happiness than making someone happy.
"It's so nice to know they are such lovely boys – I'm even more pleased I sent them the money, it's made my day."