Published: Dec 23, 2010 9:47 PM EST
Updated: Dec 23, 2010 6:49 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla -  Thieves break into a home in Cape Coral and take off with thousands of dollars in electronics and Christmas presents.

But the thieves didn't steal the ultimate gift: compassionate and friendly neighbors.

"This is the giving season," said Scott Walker.

Walker is organizing the effort and is one the many people chipping in to help his neighbors out.

Wednesday afternoon his neighbors had their home broken into.

Thieves stole a number of valuables and Christmas presents.

"It's right across the street from my house. It's very shocking," Walker said.

The victims are upset and didn't want to talk on camera, but were humbled by the neighborhood support.

"I immediately posted on Facebook to see if people could help, so the family could go out and buy Christmas presents," Walker said.

The response is overwhelming.

"It's been a real surprise especially the way the economy is. I have had friends overnighting checks, money orders," Walker said.

People like Steve Beckwith say it's the right thing to do.

"I know where they live but never met them. But that's not the point. The point is these hit some bad times," Beckwith said.

It's the ultimate Christmas present: making something good out of something bad.

"It makes you feel good there's still people out there like that," Beckwith said.

Police say the key to protecting your home is to make it look occupied.

If crooks think someone is inside they are less likely to break in.