We human beings have a talent for being cruel to each other all year round, but I’ve always felt it takes an especially rotten soul to steal from children during Christmas time.
Unfortunately, one or more of such rotten souls paid an unwanted visit to the West Valley Food Pantry in Woodland Hills, California, last week.
According to the pantry’s director Debbie Decker, thieves broke into two locked storage units sometime between December 7 and last Thursday and took toys that were to be distributed this coming weekend, December 20, at the pantry’s annual toy giveaway.
Now, the pantry may not have enough toys for all the 800 children who are expected. Every year, needy families line up, sometimes days in advance, for a chance to have something under the Christmas tree.
“Being Santa’s Helper is one of the feel-good things that we do,” Decker told KABC-TV. “By not having these toys, having them stolen from us so blatantly, this is just devastating.”
The Food Pantry folks are good people and have been helping families in the San Fernando Valley for decades. Unlike some parts of the country, the Valley and the rest of the Los Angeles area have a much higher unemployment rate than politicians and the media like to tout. The latest Department of Labor U-6 numbers put local unemployment at 17.3 percent.
The pantry’s website is here. The address is 5700 Rudnick Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, behind the Prince of Peace church. The phone number is 818-346-5554.
Unwrapped toys can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. until Thursday, December 18.