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Thieves Steal Toys Headed To Guatamalan Children

Posted November 23, 1998

— Hurricane Mitch ravaged Central America. Now some local people who hoped to spread holiday cheer in the desolate area say thieves have victimized storm survivors.

There are some grinches in Hillsborough. A storage unit was filled with toys meant for Guatamalan refugees, but someone broke in and stole all of the toys.

There are a few toys left in the lobby of the Abundant Life Church. But just days ago, the tables were overflowing with toys meant for poor Guatamalan children. There were so many toys, they had to be moved to a storage space.

The organizer of the effort, Peggy Combs, said she received a horrible phone call telling her someone had broken into the storage space. She arrived to discover the toys were gone.

"It makes me sad that someone would take toys that were being delivered to somebody," Combs said.

Combs is working with Restoration and Redemption Ministries, a medical outreach mission. The missionaries wanted to brighten Christmas for Guatemalan kids hit by poverty and by Hurricane Mitch.

Even the kids in Hillsborough know someone did a terrible thing at what should be a joyous time of year.

"It's really, really bad," said Kandace Dunn. "I feel sorry, because they are poor, and they didn't have any toys."

Five other storage spaces were broken into as well.

If you want to help out, you can call the Abundant Life Church at(919) 732-6460.

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