PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A family in Portsmouth is frustrated by a porch pirate who has struck just after sunset.
Although the package was worth nothing to the thief, it was invaluable to the family. The box contained various materials like t-shirts and stickers that encourage people to consider becoming a kidney donor.
“I was crazy.” said Erin Bracy. “I was really angry.”
These days, the Bracy family has a lot to do.
“It’s scary,” Bracy added. “I joke that my full time job is either my kids or finding a kidney for my sister.”
Teena, Erin Bracy’s sister, needs a kidney transplant.
“When you look at her, you wouldn’t know she needs a kidney,” Bracy said.
The family tried to educate the public to find a donor. This includes creating a website and running a virtual race, but on April 19 the Portsmouth family received another blow.
“There was a guy who grabbed the packages, and he ran down the street with them,” Bracy added.
What the thief didn’t know was that he had been filmed. He also didn’t know that what was in that box meant nothing to him and everything to the family.
“It’s T-shirts and decals that carry the website address to ask people to be donors,” Bracy said.
The package was stolen from the front porch of Bracy’s Channing Avenue house in Cradock. It could potentially save lives.
“It’s not something you can use or resell,” Bracy said. “It would be one thing if you stole my Amazon package. I’d be bored, but it’s something to help my sister. It’s something to help her find her kidney.
The crime doesn’t stop the family from spreading the word, even if they wonder who would do something so terrible.
“He doesn’t care about other people,” Bracy added.
While the family would love to collect the package, they would trade it in for a kidney anytime.
“This is the part that blew me away,” added Bracy. “It could save my sister’s life and if not my sister, maybe someone else.
The family also started a GoFundMe page to help you pay future medical bills.
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