GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - "I had plans on getting my kids Christmas gifts; things they needed for their new room. My youngest needed diapers, formula, water, and she needed milk," said Marquitta Robinson.
When Robinson got paid Tuesday morning, all $600 of her check was ear marked for her daughters, 1-year-old Harmony and 6-month-old, Heavenly.
"I usually have to ask my dad for money every now and then to help me out, being that I'm the only one working in the house," said Robinson. "I just wanted one time to not ask him for anything, just to do it on my own."
But for now, the desire to do it on her own remains a wish. The single mother's wallet was stolen from the side of a shopping cart at Dollar Tree; just two days before Thanksgiving
The empty wallet was discarded in the back of the store.
"I went through my wallet and all my money was gone, and that was all the money I had for my kids Christmas, to get their things. I didn't have anything else," said Robinson.
Robinson believes her wallet was stolen right out of the cart, something Gulfport police say is common around the holidays.
"Anytime you're in a large crowd, paying attention to your surroundings is key. Knowing where you put your wallet. If it's your purse, make sure it's carried in front of you. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't carry a large amount of cash," said Sgt. Joshua Bromen of the Gulfport Police Department.
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