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East Texans save Christmas for hundreds of foster kids

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GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

East Texans are rushing to help after thousands of dollars worth of gifts were stolen.

Those gifts were taken from a warehouse used by the Gregg County Child Welfare board, and they were supposed to go to local foster children.

East Texans are making sure that even with this setback, those kids will have gifts under the tree.

The news that toys and gifts for Gregg County foster children were stolen from a storage facility, outraged many East Texans.

"You know it takes a pretty sorry person to steal kids toys and stuff like that," says toy donor Jason Wall, "It's sickening. It really is sickening."

Among the stolen items were electronics, laptops, X-Boxes, Play Stations, toys and games that were meant for more than 300 foster kids.

First Christian Church Member Cheryl McNulty commented, "To take from children who have nothing, is not a kind thing to do."

But that cruelty sparked kindness.

"It's looking up," says Paula Hayes of Gregg County Child Welfare," Amazing--I got to the office and was immediately greeted by a check for $500."

Over a thousand dollars in donations, hundreds of toys, from ordinary people wanting to save Christmas for kids.

And there's more good news; Hayes says an anonymous benefactor has agreed to underwrite the effort, allowing her to immediately shop to replace the stolen items.

Donations can be dropped off at Racquet and Jog on Loop 281 in Longview.

Checks can be made out to the Gregg County Child Welfare board.


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