WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A father of several children with autism is struggling to explain why Santa Claus never came, after he says somebody stole all the gifts out of their parked car, Christmas Eve.
"We put them in there because we wanted to hide them from the kids, and now they're gone. All the presents are gone," Mike Black told Good 4 Utah's Ali Monsen.
Black says waking up on Christmas with no gifts for his children was a hard thing to explain.
"Obviously, presents aren't the meaning for Christmas, but they're kids," he said.
Black and his wife have four children -- three with autism. To make things harder, the medical professional has not worked in a while and recently moved his family from their former home to a much smaller apartment.
"Since I've had to take some time off for personal and family reasons, it's been kind of tight," he explained.
Black's kids say unfortunately 'tight' often translates to fewer luxuries like presents.
"There's been quite a lot of Christmases when I didn't get that many presents, so I was kind of sad because I was actually going to get a lot of presents," Black's son, Elijah said.
Black says some good Samaritans donated presents to his family this year, so he hid them from the kids by putting them in his van, but when his wife finished grocery shopping and opened the back doors, Christmas Eve, she realized the doors were unlocked and the gifts were gone.
The couple says replacing them was not an option.
"We don't have any money for it right now," Black said.
Instead, the family shifted their focus to the one gift money can not buy.
"I know it's a time for families to get together, and I know the true meaning of Christmas wasn't lost," Elijah added.
Black says he hopes to be able to go back to work sometime in January.
Monday, West Jordan police say they are investigating the case but so far have no leads.
If you want to help the Black family, you can access their gofundme.com account here.
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