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Dec 17, 2015 5:20 PM

Epping woman asks thief to return irreplaceable gift - a pillow made from late dad's shirt

EPPING - A woman is asking for help after a thief stole an irreplaceable gift from her mailbox.

Jude David and her family are still grieving the loss of her father Jerry, who died suddenly in August after a cancer diagnosis.

For Christmas, she mailed one of her dad's flannel shirts to a seamstress in Texas that made a pillow out of the material. The pillow was a gift for her mother, and read 'This is a shirt I used to wear whenever you hold it know that I am there, Love Jerry.'

"It really means a lot to our family and it would have no value to anyone else," David said.

Last week, the Epping Post Office confirmed the package had been delivered to David's mailbox on Red Oak Hill Road. But David never received it and after scouring the neighborhood she found two empty packages, finding thieves had not only stolen her irreplaceable pillow, but they'd also taken a unique antique gun holster.

David put out a warning to her neighbors in Epping, by posting on the Facebook page 'Epping Squawks', warning a mail thief could target them next.

The community is rallying around her, neighbors helped search the woods and David tells NH1 News, five people have offered to make a new pillow. A new pillow should be ready in time for Christmas. It's comforting news David said, but she's still hoping for a miracle.

"This was a gift I was kind of most excited to give," David said.

David hopes the thief or thieves will drop the pillow at the post office, or in the mailbox where it was found.

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