Anonymous donor gives nearly $10,000 to displaced Yonkers families

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An anonymous donor helped put smiles on the faces of tenants who were displaced when their complex in Yonkers was condemned.

Viernisa Santos is one of about 20 people forced to leave their apartment after a boiler broke three weeks ago. Santos discovered that her belongings were stolen while she was gone.

"You work so hard for whatever you have and then just to see everything gone," says Santos.

On Thursday, things changed for the displaced tenants when a donor gave nearly $10,000 to the families.

Each family will receive between $300 and $500. Santos says the donation means more than she can put in words.

"Whoever this anonymous donor is, I want to give them a thank you because they thought about this and they didn't have to," says Santos.

Catholic Charities, who has been helping the families find shelter, says it expects them to be back in their apartments Friday.

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