Del Paso Heights Preschool Burglarized, Christmas Gifts Stolen

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The Sunshine Academy preschool in Del Paso Heights was broken into on Dec. 2. Now, the school is asking for help.

"A lot of the kids that we work with, they're underprivileged. What we provide here at the center is the extent of their Christmas," owner Dominique Lewis told FOX40 on Saturday.

Lewis says things like hats, clothes and gifts they had been collecting to donate to the less fortunate kids were stolen.

"We didn't want to ruin their Christmas. We did not tell them someone took all their presents and so forth," Academy Director Jennifer McCray said.

McCray calls whomever broke into the school The Grinch.

The burglar even took food out of the Academy's kitchen - their food bank.

Sunshine Academy caters to the community in more ways than one would think. It provides after-school programs for older kids and meal programs in the summer.

"We're trying to do our best to improve Del Paso Heights. It's one of the harshest neighborhoods in Sacramento," Lewis said.

If you would like to help rebuild these kids' gift bags, you can email them at or drop of gifts at the school, located at 3340 Marysville Boulevard, Suite B, Sacramento, Calif., 95838.