Someone tried to steal Christmas from area kids and families, but thanks to your generosity our community “Stole Back Christmas”.
Our hearts are broken upon hearing the news that not 1, but 2 different storage units belonging to local community serving organizations were broken into. Both were in Fulton. One belonged to Toys for Tots. The other belongs to MissouriPayItForward.
According to the area Toys for Tots coordinator, Melissa Barnes, their locker contained 12 huge boxes filled with toys that had been collected since January. These toys were to be part of the annual delivery to 6,000 to 10,000 area kids among nine different counties this holiday season. They were clearly marked official US Marine Corps Toys For Tots Campaign boxes, the same huge boxes you see all over the area each holiday. 12 of them. GONE!
The storage unit with Missouri Pay It Forward had 13 cases of new boots and shoes stolen totaling 350 pairs. These were for emergencies and Project Homeless Connect here in Columbia! They are specifically looking to recover footwear, new or gently used.
Toys For Tots and Missouri Pay It Forward need your help year round, so please keep those two great local charities in mind.
Thanks for all of the toy, clothing and cash donations. Because of you the Grinch was not allowed to steal the Christmas spirit away from area youth.
Also, if you have any information about either of these thefts, please contact the Fulton police at 573-592-3100.