Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Albuquerque thief steals from Make-A-Wish

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Thieves hit an all-new low in Albuquerque over the weekend targeting a group helping sick children. Make-A-Wish New Mexico’s president and CEO started her morning like any other Monday, but quickly found it was anything but after someone broke into her Albuquerque office.

“It’s just terrible that people don’t think about the effects of what they are doing. Our intended children go through so much and the pandemic taught us, I believe, what an intended child really experiences because they are isolated all the time due to their illness, “said Sara Lister.

Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that makes wishes come true for seriously ill children. Lister says she believes roughly $ 5,000 worth of items were stolen, including a safe with gift cards that were donated to a variety of shops and restaurants by businesses and people of New Mexico to help the group make wishes to meet.

Despite the setback, Lister says her team and supporters will ensure that a child’s desire is not compromised by this crime. She also has a message for the thief. “I would just say give them back, these are children we want to help and nothing good can come of what you do, and I just wish that people who make such decisions would think differently,” said Lister.

A surveillance video caught a person circling the building on a motorcycle before the break-in. The Albuquerque Police are investigating. The thief is currently not identified. For more information or to donate, visit wish.org/nm.

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