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Good Samaritan helps Gaston Co. family celebrate Christmas

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

What looked like to be a very dismal holiday season for Melissa Lynch and her family, turned completely around Christmas morning.

Last week, WBTV told you about a Gaston County mother of four who had her purse stolen from her unlocked car as she ran inside of a daycare to drop her child off.

Inside the purse was Christmas shopping money, an iPad and even debit and EBT cards.

After our story aired, a viewer called us and wanted to buy the family Christmas gifts.

Christian Barnhart saw the story and immediately sprung into action.

"I grew up with a single mother always struggling to make ends meet and we never went without. Even when we were, someone always stepped in and when I saw the story I knew this was my chance," said Barnhart.

Barnhart got in touch with Lynch and on Christmas morning, he delivered gifts to her, her husband and four children.

"I know they're the ones (her children) who said it doesn't matter as long as we have each other, but I'm so glad they got something," said Lynch.

Lynch became emotional while describing to what it means that churches, neighbors and even strangers stepped up to help her family to have a merry Christmas.

"It definitely restores the faith in humanity and proves that God does provide," she said.

As for Barnhart, he says he's happy he could help put a smile on the family's faces during this period of uncertainty.

"To see the looks on their faces, I don't have any family on my own right now to do anything, so I figured that was something I could do. It was nice," said Barnhart.

Police still are still trying to find who stole lynch's purse.

Lynch told WBTV, area churches chipped in to help pay the family's bills during the holiday season.

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