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Four-year-old fire victim gets his Christmas thanks to generous viewers

Aaron Hood Aaron Hood
Spencer Spencer

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a story that touched the hearts of many. Three days before Christmas, a single father lost everything in an apartment fire, including his four-year-old son's presents. Since then, Hawaii residents have come forward in the spirit of giving.

After our story ran last Thursday, Santa's elves went to work. Generous viewers flooded our newsroom with phone calls and e-mails, eager to save the little boy's Christmas.

A bag of gifts so full, four-year-old Spencer struggled to bring it in.

"There's a lot of people out there that truly care," Aaron Hood, fire victim, said.

"Play-doh!" Spencer said. "Open it! Let's open it!"

Christmas for the little boy and his father was looking bleak last Wednesday, when flames devoured everything they owned. To escape the burning apartment, Hood cradled his son, crashed through a glass door and jumped off a second-floor balcony -- with nothing but the clothes they had on.

"You're the only thing I pulled from the fire, buddy," Hood said to his little boy.

But people -- many of them complete strangers -- came forward, dropping off toys, books, clothes and other items at the Queen's Medical Center, where Hood was recovering from his injuries. The 33-year-old single father says he found his room filled with presents, after he got out of his second surgery on his arm.

"Spencer showed up shortly after, about an hour later, and his eyes just lit up," Hood said. "He's like, 'All the presents for me?' He just went into like the biggest present unwrapping spree I think he's ever been in in his life."

After five days in the hospital, Hood was finally discharged Monday afternoon.

He says he's extremely touched by and grateful for the outpouring of support.

"To see him happy, yeah, I couldn't give words to it," Hood said. "It's just amazing. I just really want to say thank you so very much to everybody."

Investigators say they still don't know what started the fire.

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