Donations pour in to help replace toys stolen from Pittsburgh Area poor kids

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police say donations have poured in to replace toys for needy kids that were stolen from a community center.

Nearly 400 gifts collected for the children were stolen late Monday or early Tuesday from the center in the city’s poorer, crime-ridden East Hills communities.

Commander Jason Lando called the thefts “disgusting” and says, “We never condone theft of any kind, but three days before Christmas and you’re stealing from little kids?”

Later Tuesday, police said the community banded together to replace the 383 stolen gifts that were earmarked for nearly 200 needy children.

They say Toys For Tots even stepped up with a $10,000 donation to replenish toys.

Police are expressing their “heartfelt gratitude” to the public for their help.

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