Community Comes Together to Help Hobbs Girl

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. - A Hobbs' girl's Christmas, literally saved by her community, after police say a real life grinch made off with cans she had been collecting to buy presents for her family.

NewsWest 9 first told you about the story last week.

11-year-old Ashley Padilla had been collecting aluminum cans for months.

We're told she  had more than 56 pounds of them.

Police say the cans were stolen by Roque 'The Grinch' Castillo.

He even has the words "Grinch" tattooed his neck.

When the word got out about what happened, the United Way of Lea County and Hobbs Iron, Metal and Steel Depot decided to take donations on Ashley's behalf.

On Wednesday, the General Manager gave Ashley and her family a check for more than $500.

Ashley and her family were overwhelmed by everyone's generosity.

There is a warrant our for Castillo's arrest.