For most of us, there are 55 shopping days left until Christmas. But some Stockton criminals have gotten an early start.
“The shock of somebody that would want to steal from children that have little or nothing,” said David Cloxton with Good Samaritan Charities.
That’s what Cloxton just can’t get over – three days after someone raided the stash of Christmas presents he was storing at his home for the Good Samaritan Charities’ Operation Dreamkeeper.
The operation provides presents to almost 900 needy kids who would otherwise go without.
The screen on one of Cloxton’s basement windows is still torn, and bars are still bent where the thieves entered the basement.
Burglars emptied a lot of the storage boxes which were once about 75 percent full – unwrapping gifts as they went to help decide what they wanted to take.
It’s an injury that’s painful for Good Samaritan volunteer Carolina Alonzo.
In the past, she’s counted on Operation Dreamkeeper to play Santa to her own kids.
“It did give me a lot of comfort because I couldn’t buy them some gifts, so it eased my pain,” she said.
Running a group that helps so many in desperate circumstances, Cloxton suspects and accepts that the burglar may be a former client.
Still, he has an open heart.
“If you ask us to forgive ya, we’ll accept the toys back and forgive ya,” he said.
Donations for replacement toys are coming in online, but with $2,600 worth gone, there’s a lot to make-up.
If you’d like to help Operation Dreamkeeper recover, you can log onto www.goodsamaritantrainingcenter.org and click on the donate link on the home page.
There’s also a donation bin at Good Samaritan’s 2nd Chance Thrift Store in Stockton.
Stockton Police are still working to identify any suspects in this case.