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Wyoming family taken for $2,000 gets their Christmas back thanks to complete strangers

Posted at 10:34 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 22:34:05-05

WYOMING, Mich. -- It’s a FOX 17 Problem Solvers follow-up to a story we brought you Wednesday night.

A Wyoming family out $2,000 right before the holidays. They were unable to get Christmas presents for their 2-year-old son, Logan. The reason they lost that money is because their neighbor and friend, Nick Geudry, asked them to cash a $2,000 check for him because he didn’t have a bank account. However, the check came back fraudulent, and their bank account was cleaned out to make up for it.

Just a day later, on Christmas Eve, family, friends and complete strangers are helping the Lovelesses keep the Christmas spirit bright. After the story aired on FOX 17 last night we received dozens of comments, calls and e-mails from people asking how they could help out Rex Loveless and his family. After months of frustration and struggling, they’ll be able to relax this holiday.

Complete strangers such as Trinity Twomey, who has four kids of her own and worked all day, showed up at the Loveless house with toys so that 2-year-old Logan won’t be disappointed come Christmas morning.

“It’s just an unfortunate circumstance that they are going through, and I just wanted to be able to help somebody,” said Twomey.

Even an unexpected guest, an old acquaintance of Geudry’s, came to their door. Jonathan Mullen, a man who said he has known Geudry for several years, showed up with a gift in hand.

“I’ve known him for quite a few years and I felt bad for these guys,” said Mullen.

Loveless also received a surprising call from Huntington Bank. The call brought some good news.

“They reached out and apologized. It’s the first time the bank has even called me about the issue, the first time they have done something. At first they had all these demands and gave us a deadline when we had to pay it back, but after the story aired they weren’t even worried about it and they took off a lot of fees,” said Loveless.

FOX 17 received so many requests to give the family donations that the Lovelesses set up a Go Fund Me page. They already have raised close to the $2,000 that was taken from them. The struggle that they were going through has ended for now, and 2-year-old Logan will have a better Christmas than his parents could have imagined.

“For people to take time out of their Christmas schedule and come over, it’s been a blessing,” Loveless said.

The Lovelesses said they are still uncertain if they will try to pursue the issue legally, but don’t want any other family to have to deal with what they went through. They said they’ve been contacted by a lawyer who saw the story on FOX 17 and wants to help them take legal action.

In addition, several people, including Mullen, told FOX 17 that they also had been ripped off by Geudry. FOX 17 has yet to confirm those claims.