Car Santa surprises metro Marine with new ride after car was stolen with uniforms inside

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Car Santa surprised one Marine and his wife with a new ride just in time for the holidays.

FOX4's Kathy Quinn, 101 the Fox and Car Santa Terry Franz got to surprise Evan Wheeler on Monday morning after his 2007 Toyota Corolla was stolen late last week after the Kansas City Chiefs game.

Wheeler had his Marine uniforms in the car, which he said was locked. He was planning to take them to the cleaners on Friday. He said he doesn't care about the car but would like the uniforms back and some of the gear.

"Some people don't realize it isn't about the dollar value, but it's personal value," Franz said.

See the heartwarming surprise in the video player above.

Those uniforms saw him through some pivotal times in his life and some of the best, like when he married his wife in his dress blues.

Wheeler and his wife said they have had people reach out to help after FOX4 reported their story Saturday night.

The family has been calling pawn shops in the area, just in case some Marine uniforms show up.

They ask if you see a 2007 Toyota Corolla that used to be redder to please call police.

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