Grinch steals hard-working mom's holiday projector

Holiday projectors taken from yards in early morning hours

Amy Frazier and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Alychia Wooton loves the holidays and especially loves Christmas. But she got a visit from The Grinch sometime between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Thursday.

The Grinch came by where she lives in a Hayden Island manufactured home community and stole her and her neighbor's holiday projectors.

She put up her decorations right after Thanksgiving, including the projector that displays holiday images on her home.

"Everyone who saw it liked it. They're like, 'Oh that's really cool, that's really neat,'" Wooton told KOIN 6 News. "My 3-year-old absolutely adored it. He'd be like, 'Oh, Santa's moving! Look at the snow, there's snow, when are we getting real snow?'"

Wooton, who is a bartender/server, said she saved up to buy the projector so she could use it throughout the year at the home where she's lived for about 3 years.

The projector cost her about $50 with shipping. "For me, that's like 5 or 6 hours of work, you know. That's quite a bit."

"I got it back in August preparing for the holidays, so that I knew I would have it for Halloween, also," she said. For Christmas, there are 6 different slides that show "Santas or snowflakes and fun stuff like that." She said it could also be used for the 4th of July or New Year's and birthdays.

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She filed a police report but said this theft made her sad.

"We've lived in a lower income area, so it feels like it's even more devious that you're stealing from people that live paycheck-to-paycheck. We have to save to even get anything like that, let alone Christmas gifts. So it's just disappointing that somebody would do that to people who have a lower budget."

Wooton, who lives with her fiance', her little boy and her 13-year-old daughter, said she wondered what kind of Grinch would take the holiday projectors from her and her neighbor.

"Who knows? Maybe they're trying to make 'National Lampoon's' on their house," she said. "But it's just not right and it's not fair."

Alychia Wooton said she can't afford to replace the holiday projector this year. "Maybe in a few months when I can save up the money to do it again. But I saved up to get that one to begin with."

But she won't let this dampen her holiday spirit.

"Not at all, not at all. We're still going to go on with the holidays and we're going to have a great time."

She said she's looking forward to her older daughter coming for the holidays, but she'll have to explain some things to her 3-year-old.

"You know, sometimes The Grinch does really come."


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