Mom whose family van was stolen gets offers of cash, van from community

Victoria Benade, left, thanks the community for its generosity

Victoria Benade, left, thanks the community for its generosity

DENVER — From Parker to Greeley and even places across state lines, Channel 2 viewers are stepping up and making a statement by helping a Lakewood family in need.

Viewers have offered Victoria Benade and her family everything from free car repairs, to cash to even a new-to-them Honda minivan.

We saw the story working out this morning,” said Larry Gieling. “With this 2001 Honda ready to be sold, we thought Victoria needs it more than we need the money it might bring, so we decided to let another in the family of God to benefit from a car that served us well.”

Up in Greeley, Jesse Alfaro, who owns One Stop Construction, called us to come pick up a donation for the family.

“Our family has seen hard times and we have kids too, this one just touched our hearts, so because our family-owned business is doing well, we wanted to help Vickie and her kids out, so we are donating $2,500 to the Victoria Benade Benefit Fund,” said Alfaro.

The Fund can be accessed at any First Bank in the metro area. There are locations up and down the Front Range.

From the family to all who have or are trying to offer support, the First Bank Benefit Fund is up and running Wednesday. Any donations must include the word ‘benefit’ on any checks or gifts.

Victoria Benade sent us an email late Wednesday afternoon that reads in part, “I have been overwhelmed with the kindness of the community.  I am so content that my children are seeing that for every act of evil, there are so many more acts of kindness.”

The family and their friends are so thankful, words can’t express their love for what all of you, our viewers are doing. We too will just say our viewers are the greatest!