Community gives back to Lockport family that suffered heartbreaking loss before holidays

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — This Christmas the O’Neil family will have many presents under their Christmas tree.

“There has been a weight lifted off my shoulders a little bit you know,” said Trina O’Neil, of Lockport.

Last month, Trina O’Neil lost her husband Nick to colon cancer. Her three kids ages 6, 3, and 5 months are now without a father before the holiday.

“It’s getting tougher, I thought it would get easier but it’s definitely a lot tougher,” said O’Neil.

But thanks to the generosity of strangers, her kids will be able to enjoy a Christmas she couldn’t otherwise provide.On Thursday morning the Pack 17 Cub Scouts of Gasport delivered food and gifts to the family.

“We had enough food and presents to do 3 families so we decided to do 3 families this year and Trina showed up on Facebook, channel 4 news Facebook page,” said Scott Schultz, Pack 18 Cub Scouts Cub Master.

For Schultz, the O’Neil family’s story hit a soft spot in his heart.

“My parents were split up and my biological father left me when I was at the age of 5 so I know how it feels but she did get remarried years later. But I know how it feels to lose a father,” said Schultz.

O’Neil says at least 7 families have also reached out to her, asking to adopt her family for the holiday.

“I am super grateful I don’t know how to express it any other way besides just telling them thank you over and over again because it really means a lot to me,” said O’Neil.

If you’d like to make a donation to the family,  go to

There’s also a benefit taking place on January 29th from 1- 4 pm at the Tonawanda Bowling Center to support the family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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