N. Phila. boy gets new bike from a Good Samaritan

NORTH PHILADELPHIA - December 26, 2011

But the spirit of Christmas was still alive and well the next day thanks to a Good Samaritan who wanted to put a smile back on the little boy's face.

The Action News phone lines were flooded after our 6:00pm Sunday newscast when we told the sad story of a youngster who had his bike stolen Christmas day.

It had been a tale of utter sadness.

Marvin Kelley was thrilled when he received a $119 Tommy Hawk bicycle for under the Christmas tree.

While riding his new bike outside Sunday afternoon, three teenagers surrounded him and demanded he give it up.

"They asked me two times to give up my bike. I said 'no' then one of the boys grabbed me around my neck, threw me on the ground and ran off with the bike," said Kelly.

He was brought home by two women who found him lying on the street crying at 22nd & Cecil B. Moore. His mother was devastated. "

"He's only 10-years-old. He was out there enjoying himself on Christmas with his bike and you took his spirit from him," said Valerie Kelly, the child's mother. "It was over for us that day."

For Kelley and his mother this was déjà vu all over again.

Last Christmas he got a new bike, only to have it stolen from their back yard in June.

Kelly's mother saved a lot to get her son the bicycle and feels devastated that it was stolen yet again.

"I just couldn't believe that happened again, like it's a curse, like it was not meant for him to have a bike," said Valerie.

An Action News viewer, who did not want to be identified, wanted to do something to make it better for the 10 year old.

"You had a poor thing happen to you, but here you go," he said, giving Marvin a new bike. "That ought to make it better."

"Thank you so very much," said Marvin. "I feel so very happy."

"This is my Christmas present," said Valerie.

The Good Samaritan didn't want any publicity; he just wanted to make sure the boy had a bike to ride the next morning.

A Christmas that was stolen from the Kelly family has been recaptured thanks to the good work of a Good Samaritan.

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