Bernice and Harris Wilkinson received a Christmas gift of a new-to-them car after Cariboo GM learned their car had been stolen.

Bernice and Harris Wilkinson received a Christmas gift of a new-to-them car after Cariboo GM learned their car had been stolen.

Christmas comes early for elderly victims of car theft in Williams Lake

Christmas comes early for elderly victims of car theft in Williams Lake

An elderly couple in Williams Lake received an unexpected early Christmas gift Thursday.

When Bernice and Harris Wilkinson woke up on Dec. 8, they discovered their 1990 Dodge Dynasty was stolen from their driveway on Pigeon Avenue.

Less than two weeks later,  Cariboo GM presented them with a 2004 used car, equipped with good winter tires, a Christmas CD in the player, and the promise that new veteran license plates are on order.

As the Wilkinsons arrived to receive the gift, staff at Cariboo GM handed Bernice a dozen roses and Harris the keys.

“It’s a perfect Christmas present,” Harris said smiling. “I had a New Yorker once for about five years, but it was slippery on the road one time and I banged it up so they paid me out.”

It was an article in the Dec. 13 Tribune sharing the story of the theft that inspired GM’s sales and leasing manager Dave Sacchetti to give the Wilkinsons a car.

“It made me incensed when I read the story because they were elderly, he was a veteran, and they couldn’t even get to church,” Sacchetti said, adding it took the staff about 20 minutes to decide it was the right thing to do.

Manager Lorne Doerksen said the car was a trade-in and the previous owner is “ecstatic” to hear the news.

With the car theft, Harris also lost a set of tools he uses for electrical work, but Bernice said that’s been covered too.

A few days after the news broke, a man parked in front of the house and walked up the Wilkinson’s driveway.

“He knocked on the door and when I answered he told me he didn’t need to come in and he gave me a $100 bill and said, Merry Christmas,” she said.

“We could use that for whatever we want we’ll use it for tools,” Bernice said. “It was wonderful.”

“I’m still trying to find out who he was,” Harris added.

“We can’t beat this Christmas,” the Wilkinson’s daughter Rose said.

 

Just Posted

Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)
MLA’s CORNER: Mining month in B.C.

Mining Month 2021 gives us the opportunity to learn more about how the industry is changing

Williams Lake Farmers’ Market manager Barb Scharf said Friday, May 7, she was glad to have everyone back for another season. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Farmers’ market season underway in Williams Lake

The Friday market goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lake City Secondary School Grade 7 Outdoor Education students Geordi Wonnacott (from left), Brody Brook, James Wilker, Ali Calabrese and Kaitlyn Brown explore a burned area at the top end of the trails at Bull Mountain Ski Area last year as part of the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club’s ski school program. (Martin Kruus photo)
Ski school glides to successful year at Bull Mountain

Avah Akeson, also in grade seven, said that just having the opportunity to ski was really fun

Staff-Sgt. Svend Nielsen, with the 100 Mile House RCMP. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)
14-year-old boy killed in serious ATV crash near 100 Mile House

Youth was travelling with a group of peers when the incident occurred Friday

100 Mile RCMP dealing with serious accident at Highway 97 near 103 Mile (file photo)
Man, in distress, arrested after altercation with RCMP members in Lone Butte

The man is currently at the hospital with no pending charges

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Dr. Steve Beerman, of Nanaimo, shows off his Dr. David Bishop Gold Medal, awarded for distinguished medical service. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Former UFV Cascades wrestling coach Arjan Singh Bhullar is now the ONE heavyweight champion after defeating Brandon Vera via TKO in round two on Saturday in Singapore. (ONE Championship)
Former UFV wrestling coach wins MMA championship

Arjan Singh Bhullar captures ONE heavyweight title, first Indian origin fighter to achieve honour

Astra Zeneca vaccine waits for injection in a Feb. 3, 2021 file photo. A Langley man has become the second B.C. resident to suffer a blood clot following an injection. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
B.C. man required emergency surgery after AstraZeneca vaccination

Shaun Mulldoon suffered ‘massive blood clot’ after jab

Chilliwack’s Kile Brown, performing as drag queen Hailey Adler, dances and lip syncs in front of hundreds of people during the inaugural Chilliwack Pride Barbecue at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Aug. 24, 2019. Monday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of May 16 to 22

International Day Against Homophobia, Talk Like Yoda Day, Sea Monkey Day all coming up this week

Most Read