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The man found the Christmas wish list in the middle of the road with tire tracks on it. Then he sprang into action to make one family's holiday a little brighter.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2021, 3:51 PM

Updated 1,197 days ago

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A man who became Santa's helper and brought toys based off of an Amityville boy's Christmas wish list is surprising the family one more time.
Rob Quan, of Hicksville, says he found the letter in the middle of the road with tire tracks on it while riding his bike in his neighborhood the week before Christmas.
He says he saw the toys on the list - and sprang into action.
Andrew Max, 4, received a special surprise from the North Pole - toys he had asked for on his wayward wish list. Two letters were also given to Andrew's family - one from Santa, and another addressed to his parents from a "Rob Q."
Melissa Tagarelli, Andrew's mother, says she reached out to News 12 to help find "Rob Q." She says she lost her job due to the pandemic, and that Quan's gesture made their holiday a whole lot brighter.
Quan saw the story on News 12 and decided to surprise the family again with more gifts and the framed letter to Santa.
It doesn't end there - Melissa noticed the stationary Quan used to write the letter was from St. Jude's Hospital, so she raised $150 and donated it in his name.
Quan tells News 12 the message he wants to spread is just be kind to one another and do something nice for someone - you never know what kind of an impact it will have in their life.


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