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December 21, 2010

Salem food pantry stung by the theft of Toys for Tots

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Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program, told the Salem pantry it may be able to fill its order tomorrow but gave no guarantees, according to Thomas.

"Right now, we're at a standstill and there are a lot of families saying, 'What's going to happen?'"

John Boris, chairman of the St. Joseph pantry, said as soon as he heard the news he started knocking on the doors of local businesses yesterday asking for last-minute donations.

Anyone with gift cards or new, unwrapped toys can drop them off at the 13 Franklin St. pantry, Campbell said.

"I'm really upset for these poor families," Campbell said. "They depend on these agencies. I feel bad for all the people involved with Toys for Tots, not just us. It's a terrible thing to rob a charity."

Donations or checks also can be dropped off at any state police barracks.

The theft is being investigated by state and Burlington police.

Salem officials said they have their fingers crossed that, one way or another, the toys will arrive in time.

"How many days before Christmas is it?" Thomas said. "I think we need that miracle."

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