Thieves steal donated Christmas toys meant for Atlanta children in need

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Or Grinches.

Someone broke into offices of Focused Community Strategies and stole between 150 and 200 donated toys meant for kids in Historic South Atlanta just days before a community Christmas event. Organization president Jim Wehner said volunteers just missed encountering the bandits.

“We had been out at a toy drive on Sunday and we were bringing the toys back,” he said. “We came in the front door. They had broken in the back door. We actually interrupted them.”

The toys were being stored for FCS’ annual Pride For Parents Christmas event, where parents in the neighborhood are able to come in and “shop” for their children. The event is this Saturday, and the organization is praying for new donations to replace the stolen ones.

Here is the link to the group’s Amazon wish list.

Here is the FCS site.

“The experience has led to a conflicted sense of vulnerability and thankfulness,” Wehner said in a statement posted on the organization’s web site. “My heart felt vulnerable because of the sense of trespass. It never feels good to have someone enter your space and do damage. The heart wants to ask questions of justification: Who would do this? Why on earth would someone take toys that were donated? This sense of vulnerability kept me awake until the early hours of that Monday morning.”

 

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