HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (Dec. 26, 2014) – The community felt like 3-year-old Tommy Oppermann deserved a Christmas miracle, and it came through in a big way.
In 2012, Tommy lost his mother in a car crash. Just a year old at the time, he survived because of his car seat.
Tommy then lived with his father, a volunteer firefighter named Erik, for the next two years. His dad died from a heart attack this month, leaving Tommy without his parents, reports WTVR.
His story touched the hearts of first responders in Henrico County, Va., who raised more than $15,000. The money went to Gretchen Miller, the boy's aunt and guardian, so she could shop for Tommy and his cousins.
“We’re going to re-start his life and have some fun,” Miller told WTVR.
Miller used the money for Christmas gifts as well as clothes and household supplies. She also saved back some of it so Tommy could use it down the road.