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Craigslist Prank Turns Into "Miracle at Wabash and Union"

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Sure, the occasional prank is run on craigslist, but people are pretty good at responding in a positive way.

In this case, a guy decided to turn a mean prank into something really good:

What started as an online hoax culminated on Christmas day with dozens of people banding together to help those in need, in what's now being called "Miracle at Wabash and Union."

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Without giving it too much thought, Peace said he posted on Craigslist promising to make a turkey and round up some old clothes to bring down to the dilapidated church building on Christmas Day.

"I thought, at the very least, I can be there," Peace said. "Me with one turkey is better than nobody at all. I had no idea what would happen."

Over the next several hours, Peace watched posts flood Craigslist's free section, with people promising to show up with toys, food, paper plates, plastic silverware and anything else they could offer. When somebody pointed out rain and hail were in the day's forecast, posters volunteered tents and awnings.

"Everything we needed came together, and it was very effortless," Peace said. "It was really a miracle."