PORT ANGELES, Wash. – During the season of giving, many Americans open their hearts and their wallets to help strangers in need.
However, a Grinch in Washington allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of donated toys from children who may not have a Christmas.
Authorities say someone got in to the Port Angeles Salvation Army through an unlocked window.
By the time neighbors noticed something strange, the thieves had already stolen toys and bicycles.
“Some of those things were recovered in the alley by the policeman and brought back to us,” said Cherilee Ramsey, with the Salvation Army.
At this point, organizers say they are trying to replace the more than $1,000 worth of stolen toys.
“We’re very sad to see that it happened because we are doing our best to give away whatever we can give away to whoever needs it. I feel so sad that they felt the need to steal it,” Ramsey said.
The community is trying to make things right.
“Some of these kids don’t have what we have, so we’re just giving back to them,” said Hunter Robinson.
When 11-year-old Hunter Robinson heard about what happened, he ran to his room and grabbed $20 from his savings.
“I’m challenging everybody to match this or bring in what they can,” he said.