Ellen DeGeneres gives $1,500 to family after U-Haul theft
Allen and Tami Bischofberger and their children lost nearly all their belongings when their U-Haul truck was stolen Sunday morning during a move to Southern California.
DeGeneres’ producers called the Bischofberger family to invite them to a taping after hearing of their plight. After introducing the couple on her show Tuesday, DeGeneres gave the family a $1,000 gift card to Target, a $500 gift card to Rite Aid and a 42-inch plasma TV.
“We want to make it up to you so you know you feel welcome in California,” DeGeneres said on the taped program.
He estimated that 80% of the items were missing when authorities recovered the truck early Monday morning. However, family pictures and some of his children’s stuffed animals were recovered.
Since the loss, Bischofberger said he has received more than 250 emails offering aid and assistance.
“Somebody steals stuff, and you kind of get mean,” Bischofberger said. “It’s nice to feel and see that people do care.”
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Allen Bischofberger and his 5-year-old daughter Peyton. Credit: KTLA-TV