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Donations for sick boy stolen from Manchester business

MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

One Manchester business was recently collecting donations to help a 9-year-old boy with a heart condition, until all of the money was stolen this week.

A local salon was collecting funds for a little boy named Cody Nauss, who was born with a heart condition that has left him bed-ridden.

There was a jar full of hundreds of dollars, along with a note sharing Cody's story about how he had to undergo surgery in April where his heart stopped for 18 minutes, resulting in severe complications.

"Unfortunately over the weekend our shop was broken into, not only was the merchandise stolen but all of the donations for Cody," said Bobbi Heartling, owner of the Details Experience boutique.

He said the jar holding the donations was smashed into pieces on the floor, with Cody's story tossed along with it.

"It's just disgusting that someone would steal from a 9-year-old boy," Heartling added.

The complications after Cody's surgery include severe brain damage, and now he needs intensive therapy to learn how to walk, talk and eat.

The family lives on the second floor of an East Hartford home, which isn't wheelchair accessible and neither is the family car.

The Nausses are counting on the generosity of strangers to help with Cody's transition home, by setting up a Facebook page and a GoFundMe account, with the hope strangers will help.

Details Boutique owner Bobbi Heartling did just that, by raising hundreds of dollars at her store, until the best in humanity was overshadowed by the coldness of others.

Now, they are starting from scratch and are turning a wall of inspiration into a dedication for Cody, with messages of hope from children.

The Details Experience is holding a fundraiser for Cody on Sunday, July 20 from noon to 4 p.m., and all proceeds from vendor fees and a goods and services raffle, and percentages from the Details Experience service sales, will go directly to the family.

The Details Experience is located at 384 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester, and anyone interested in being a vendor should call the shop at (860)432-4886.

For more information on the cause, click here.

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