Thunder Valley Casino Replaces Items Recently Stolen From Roseville Salvation Army

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ROSEVILLE -- The burglary of toys, coats and school backpacks from the Roseville Salvation Army could have could have affected 400 families and 1,000 children during the holidays.

But United Auburn Indian Community Tribal Council and Thunder Valley Casino announced Friday afternoon that it will replace all the stolen items.

The philanthropic church thought it was ahead of schedule in gathering donations of 250 new coats, a dozen red barrels of new toys and 180 backpacks with school supplies when thieves broke into a storage shed last week.

They ransacked the shed taking only new items.

"For them to think they needed to take something frustrates me because all they needed to do was to ask and we would have done whatever we could for them," Thomas Gallahue, the Roseville Salvation Army Social Services Coordinator, told FOX40 Friday.

He pointed out that the Salvation Army has a rent and utility bill assistance program.

Their hope that the community might help them recover from the thefts in time for the annual holiday giveaway was justified.

The operators of Thunder Valley said in a statement that the Salvation Army does a great service to the community in helping those in need.

“We hope that our donation will help to make the holiday season a little bit brighter for the Salvation Army and those families most in need," said Dawn Clayton, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort.