PLUMAS LAKE (CBS13) — A family hoping to adopt a Chinese boy with special needs suffered a serious blow to their efforts when thieves made off with $5,000 worth of fireworks from their Plumas Lake stand.
The Sherwood family has been waiting more than a year to bring the boy from China to the United States, but then thieves raided a trailer storing the fireworks.
“The trailer door swung open, I got in and saw what happened and almost puked,” said Randy Sherwood.
Their dreams of bringing Ki, a 3-year-old boy, to America by August may take longer than expected. The Sherwoods heard about the boy 16 months ago. He was left for dead on the side of a road in China when he was just two days old.
Since then, they’ve saved and raised about $26,000, hoping to get the remaining funds needed to cover their travel and adoption expenses from this year’s fireworks sales, which was set up through their church.
“It might delay them,” Randy said. “We were hoping this would give us the last push. It was a huge setback.”
The Sherwoods say they live in a very safe neighborhood, so they believe the robbers knew who to target and what they were looking for.
“You never know who you’re taking from. It would be awesome if you returned them to a fire station or something. We’d take it all back.”
The family needs about $8,000 more to cover their costs. Right now there are no suspects.