Stolen Make-A-Wish truck returned to family

CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. (WGN) — An Illinois family breathe a sigh of relief after a stolen Make-A-Wish gift with sentimental value is returned.

Jamie Watson said a red van, restored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for her teenage son Jacob who is battling a rare blood disease, was located on Tuesday evening after the family received an anonymous tip about the where the vehicle was.

The family says they called authorities and the truck was towed to their residence.

Jacob Watson had wanted to restore his grandfather’s pickup after his death in 2015.

“When he got sick and passed away, he mentioned that he wanted Jake to have it,” Jacob’s mother said.

Someone stole the van from the parking lot of Wintrust Sports Arena in Bedford Park during a volleyball game on Sunday.

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions,” Jacob said. “I was pretty depressed at first. It’s hard to keep hope alive when you don’t know what’s going on at all.”

Information from an unknown interlocutor restored Jacob’s faith.

“I have no idea how it happened. I don’t understand it,” he said. “I honestly think it’s God working his magic and he just wanted me to get my back. business.”

The recovered truck is a bit muddier than Jacob left it, and there is less of a window, but Jacob’s uncle is working to repair the damage. The teenager said his grandfather’s cross, which he kept hidden and out of sight, will now hang from the truck’s rear view mirror.

“I don’t know if they were sending a message or not, but that’s how I’ll take it,” he said.

Jacob’s mother says she is grateful that someone has decided to do good for her son.

“I really think somebody had a heart, me really,” Jamie Watson said. “They saw this story and I think that’s why she’s here.”


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