Thieves vandalize North Carolina Toys for Tots warehouse

Toys for Tots San AngeloToys for Tots San Angelo hosts its final 12-hour drive Saturday.

A North Carolina Toys for Tots program’s warehouse was broken into recently with thieves stealing electronics and sports balls and causing more than $3,000 in damages.

USMC Life reports the Lee County TFT program coordinator J.J. Cuff said toys were broken and smashed, boxes were torn into and several items he had seen just days before were missing from the warehouse.

Some toys are damaged beyond repair, some boxes and toys were only slightly damaged.

Toys for Tots collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to children in need in the communities they serve. Those toys that are still usable, but not in perfect condition, are often donated to other organizations, he said.

“Right now, I’ve got to see what we have left,” Cuff said. “We’ll still have a campaign. We try to bring back the spirit of Christmas. (What happened is) a small setback.”

Locally, in 2015, Toys for Tots served more than 5,000 children in need in San Angelo and the Concho Valley.