Caravan of Christmas gifts come to Amherst family who lost mother earlier this year

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AMHERST--A family that has been through the unthinkable this year gets a memorable Christmas gift from the community.

Amherst Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the South Amherst Fire Department, local businesses, and friends in the community blocked off State Route 58 as they drove to the Majkut family home on Sunday.

Santa was even in tow as the caravan of Christmas came to surprise the family, which includes 12-year-old Jacob and 11-year-old Damien Garcia.

Both boys were in the Majkut home back in July, as a driver rammed through and hit Jacob's mom, Debra Majkut, 34, and authorities said she was killed instantly.

Young Jaxson was also badly injured, but is recovering with the help of surgeries. This will be Jaxson's first Christmas.

On Sunday, the nearly 200 gifts, Christmas tree donation, community support, and love was all welcomed with open arms.

"I was just in shock like, oh my gosh," said Renee Garcia, who is Debra's sister.

"It's unbelievable, the community doing so much for us has been outstanding," said James Majkut, who is father to Jaxson and Jacob.

Majkut tells Fox 8 he still is trying to put the pieces together, as he misses his late wife every moment. The family wants justice in this case, as the driver has not yet been charged.

Meanwhile, Debra was in the hearts and minds on everyone at Sunday’s surprise.

"I think she misses us but she's also grateful that I'm happy, and she loves that everyone's treating us awesome," said Debra’s son, Jacob.

The experience was no doubt emotional. The surprise was organized in part by the kindness of people who has met this family along the way. For example, Kristi Gaetz, who works at Cleveland Clinic, was just one of the people who helped rally this Amherst community together.

"My heart is happy, I think it's amazing, our job is complete," she said.

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