Thieves are targeting groups that collect toys or raise money for the needy during the holidays, but people are stepping up to replenish the lost donations, reports USA Today. After more than 1,000 toys were taken last weekend from a Toys for Tots warehouse in Wichita, the group was deluged with new toys and cash. In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gary Balcom, a retired police officer, believes the economy was a factor in the theft of up to $2,000 in toys collected by ABATE, a motorcycle rights group .
After 28 Christmas trees were stolen from a Lions Club lot in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., President Debi Braddick said, “How do you steal from a charity-based organization that gives it all back?” About 150 gifts for needy children were stolen last week from Church of the Little Flower in Springfield, Il. Since then, donations have “quadrupled what we had to begin with,” says the church’s Nancy Burton.