The Salvation Army in New Mexico is experiencing a kind of Christmas miracle.
New Mexico residents helped after a Salvation Army truck full of toys was stolen.
“The Grinch will not win this victory,” said Lt. Christopher Rockwell of the Salvation Army told Associated Press on Saturday.
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A 2011 Toyota Sienna was stolen Tuesday night in Farmington, New Mexico, where more than $ 6,000 in donated toys was held. Rockwell claims that a pickpocket likely stole the keys to the vehicle while a Salvation Army worker was in a shop.
Since the theft, the local Salvation Army organizers have moved to replace the donations and ask residents to replace what was stolen. In addition to hygiene items and cash, the respondents donated “lots of toys and lots of clothing” to cover the lost costs.
The public response revealed the “compassion and heart people here have for one another,” said Rockwell. “It’s a tremendous blessing that cannot be understood.”
Police on Saturday identified 37-year-old Anthony Crespin as the suspect behind the theft and announced that an arrest warrant had been issued against Crespin.
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No arrest was made until Sunday morning and the van was not found.
The Salvation Army is under pressure in the United States as it struggles to fill volunteer hours and donations. This struggle seems to correlate with the decision by the Christian nonprofit group to publish a guide on racism. The guide was later withdrawn after complaints were filed.