Gift cards stolen from Christmas letter

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Eric Groninger was basking in the holiday spirit until he opened the greeting cards he received from his mom. "I received my mail yesterday, and the gift cards for my children were supposed to be along with the envelopes and the gift cards were not there," Groninger said.

Groninger says his mother, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, sent him a $250 Wal-Mart gift card and his two sons the same gift cards valued at $50 each, but he says they were missing from the mail.  "I was appalled. It was all I had for Christmas. My Christmas present from my mom was giving my boys a Christmas. So actually that $250 card for me was to spend on them so they would have Christmas here."

The envelopes were ripped and sealed with scotch tape, something Groninger says his mother didn't do. He says he has no idea who did nor does he know who took the gift cards. "I really don't know. I'd like to think there was a fall in the system some where people are genuine this time. I can only assume someone took the gift cards out."

Groninger, a landscaper who works seasonally, says he wants his boys to have a Merry Christmas and the Postal Service to investigate. "I want to see something done. Everyone wants to see something done when something like this happens."

If you are expecting something in the mail and it does not arrive contact the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Hotline at 1-888-USPS-OIG (1-888-877-7644) .  The Office of Inspector General takes these allegations serious and investigates any wrongdoing.
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