HANOVER TWP. — Four-year-old Joseph Scoffone will have presents under a Christmas tree this morning. So will his older brother, Billy, 12.
“The generosity has been overwhelming,” their mother, Lisa Scoffone, a single mother with health issues said Tuesday.
“I did not expect this amazing response from the community after reading the story,” she said. “It goes to show how amazing people truly are. We are really, really humble and grateful.”
The Times Leader featured a story Tuesday about the theft of $250 from Scoffone’s residence, leaving her without money to buy her young sons Christmas presents.
The story generated a response from people who donated gift cards to grocery stores, wrapped and unwrapped toys, clothes and snow boots, which Scoffone said her oldest son desperately needed.
“I’m almost in tears; there are great people in the Valley of the Heart,” she said.
Scoffone said total strangers were stopping at her residence throughout the day, including a neighbor who gave her a Christmas tree and tinsel.
She said a prayer with two women, another woman offered to take her and her sons to church, and a man offered to drive her to the grocery store.
She reported the theft to Hanover Township police on Friday. No charges have been filed.
Scoffone said she believes a man who accompanied a woman dropping off medicine at her residence took the money when he asked to use her bathroom.
She saved a little money during the year, putting it in an envelope marked “Xmas money” she kept in a dresser drawer.
“My youngest is jumping around with excitement,” Scoffone said. “I’m hiding gifts for them to open under the tree Christmas morning. My children will have a great Christmas because of caring people. Thank you.”
The last two years have been trying for Scoffone, who suffers from migraine headaches since she was attacked by her estranged boyfriend, Joseph Dunaj, 29, in her residence in March 2012.
A broken knife blade in her skull had to be surgically removed.
She has limited use of her hand, back pain and other problems. Dunaj was sentenced in January to 7.6 to 15 years in state prison for the attack.
After she had recovered, Scoffone moved in to take care of her 83-year-old grandmother, Joan Rasmus, in Warrior Run. Tragedy struck Scoffone once again as a fire destroyed Rasmus’ residence on Slope Street in October.