Santa Barbara couple helps jobless Thomas fire victim with early Christmas gift

Local couple helps jobless Thomas...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Times of devastation tend to bring our community closer together.

NewsChannel 3 interviewed David Aguilar two weeks ago after he evacuated from the Vista Del Mar hospital where he was working the night of the Thomas Fire.

The Ventura hospital burned down, causing Aguilar to be out of a job. Aguilar mentioned it would be hard to afford Christmas gifts for his children this year.

A local couple, Morgan and Anthony Kastenek heard David’s story and wanted to help by giving his children, Nathan and Destiny, a shopping spree at a local toy store.

“His story really spoke to us,” said Kastenek. “I think the fires cause a lot of destruction and you don’t often think you could lose your job or a paycheck so that spoke to us and we thought that was something we could help him with.”

Nathan and Destiny picked out a few toys each and Aguilar says they will put them under the tree for Christmas morning.

“I’m so blessed that these people came up and they are so nice and giving,” said Aguilar. “This is what it’s all about.”

“Just to see his eyes light up during Christmas time I think that brings a little cheer that everyone needs right now,” said Kastenek. “On a personal level, it’s nice and we are able to think of the fire a little bit better knowing that we helped out somebody in the little way we can.”

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