A thief (or thieves) with a heart more than two sizes too small stole $6,200 worth of donated toys from a YWCA storage space near 28th and Cherry recently, according to police.
It’s not clear when the despicable act occurred, but it may have been as early as last week. More details from SPD:
A grinch made off with thousands of dollars worth of toys, set to be donated to needy children, in a Central District burglary earlier this month.
Staff at the Central District YWCA put approximately $6200 worth of radio controlled cars, basketballs, and other toys in to storage at a building on 28th and E. Cherry Street on December 3rd.
This morning, they discovered all the toys had gone missing, and called police.
It’s not clear when the toys were taken, as a staff member noticed the storage door was open on December 7th, but didn’t think anything of it at the time.
The case will be turned over to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct burglary unit for investigation.
Stay tuned for details on how you can help out filling the need left by this theft.
UPDATE: There is still time to donate to Mount Zion Baptist Church’s 4th “Christmas Season Day of Caring” Toy Giveaway. The giveaway is Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Donations can be brought to the 19th and Madison church between 9 and 5 any day through Friday. See the event listing for more details on that effort.
UPDATE x2: The WYCA needs to replace 300 toys by Thursday. Here’s how to donate, from the YWCA’s Julie Kettman:
We are looking to replace 300 toys in the next three days: all interests and ages, for boys and girls, up to age 18. Gifts of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the East Cherry branch of our YWCA, at 2820 E. Cherry St. Questions should be directed to Nichelle Hilton at 206.412.1605.