Generous stranger completes nativity

Rocklin man said holidays better thanks to donation
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A family’s Christmas holiday was made a little brighter thanks to an unexpected donation from a Colfax woman. Last month, Dan Risucci shared his story in the Journal about how thieves took the Joseph figurine that completed the nativity scene he puts out in front of his Rocklin home almost every year. A Colfax woman read the story and called Risucci that day to tell him she had Joseph and Mary figurines she would like to give to him. She said she could make it down to Sierra Pipe in Auburn, where Risucci works, by the time they closed at 5:30 p.m. At about 5:25 p.m., Risucci was closing up when his coworkers told him to come outside. There he found Joseph and Mary sitting in front of the woman’s car. Risucci said the woman, who was wearing a Taco Bell uniform, said she just finished work at McDonald’s in Colfax and was racing off to her second job at Taco Bell. She quickly explained that she couldn’t find the baby Jesus that was supposed to complete the set and thought that Risucci could use the Joseph and Mary. “I didn’t have time to get her name,” Risucci said. “I said, ‘Thank you,’ and gave her a hug and she took off.” Risucci said he went home and added the figurines to his collection and his family was able to enjoy a complete nativity scene Christmas Day. Risucci said the stranger’s donation “was really something.” “It made us feel that some people are really still giving and caring,” Risucci said. “It made the season definitely brighter and warmer for us. Jenifer Gee can be reached at