In the meantime, Danvers police and fire departments are taking donations to help replace the stolen toys, and they’ll make sure they get to the right place, according to the department’s Facebook page.
Danvers police reported on Twitter last night that they are already seeing overwhelming support and commitment online. There were 26 comments on the department’s Facebook page as of 10 last night.
“There are no words to describe how low someone can be to steal from kids at Christmas!” one post read.
“Who would steal from the kids that have the least? Shame, shame, shame!” another read.
The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to the less fortunate in the community in which the campaign is conducted, according to the program’s website. It is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Jalbert said he understands that many families are going through tough times. He has a message for the person or people responsible: “If you really need it, fine. If you don’t need it, return it in front of the home with no questioned asked.”
Jalbert said he is impressed with the outpouring of support to replace the toys.
“People are asking where they can give,” he said.
Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.