The elderly couple met a Santa of sorts in the person of car dealer Clifford Cummings, whose staff recently replaced decorative reindeer that were stolen from their front yard last Christmas.
"I think it's great," John Gibbs said. "There's idiots everywhere, but there's enough good people to overcome them. "
John and Charlene Gibbs have decorated their front yard every Christmas for years.
They had planned to do so one final time last year because Charlene's health is failing. They also wanted to honor her sister, Clarice Angel, who died of cancer.
But thieves ruined their Christmas tradition by swiping reindeer from their First Avenue property and damaging other ornaments in the process.
When Cummings got word of the theft, he quickly spoke with his longtime assistant at Toyota of San Bernardino, Liz Enright.
"I called Liz and I said 'find reindeer,'" Cummings said.
Meantime, a woman in Yucaipa contacted the couple and said she had found what appeared to be one of the missing pieces.
Charlene Gibbs wasn't so sure. But it mysteriously showed up on the lawn one day.
"So I got a hot reindeer," she said.
It took a bit of searching, but Cummings and Enright were able to locate replacement reindeer online.
They sent driver Justin Peterson to make an early Christmas delivery to the Gibbs home.
"The challenge was to find a Christmas warehouse that sells that kind of stuff and come as close as what they had," Enright said by phone.
Cummings spent Friday morning chatting with the couple and looking at family photos.
He's proud of his staff. And seemed happy to have met a couple new friends in Muscoy.
"It shows that there is a great heart in this community," he said.