Albuquerque church scrambling after thieves take back-to-school donations

July 23, 2018 - storage organizer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Members during Messiah Lutheran Church contend they spent months formulation this supposed “swap meet.” They contend their efforts were busted in an present after criminals pried their approach into a storage enclosure on Thursday.

Thieves bypassed a close and pulled a doorway right off a hinges to get inside.

“It’s all wiped out,” says organizer Patricia Baca. Baca says a garments collected were for the back to propagandize eventuality a church hosts each year, assisting kids in need. Albuquerque Public Schools also promotes its website.

“It’s not anything that we can take and change for cash. It’s wardrobe and shoes,” Baca says. “Kennedy Middle school, McCollum Elementary, Manzano High School. A lot of families come and get garments from here.”

Baca says this is a sixth true year a church has hosted a eventuality and it’s always kept a enclosure in a parking lot. 

“We’ve never dealt with this in a past. It never occurred to me, really, being on church skill I didn’t think… these days we theory we only don’t know,” Baca says. 

Baca says a church started collecting donations behind in May and infancy of a garments had already been distant and labeled inside a storage unit. 

“If we don’t come adult with some-more donations by Aug 4th, we’re not going to have adequate to accommodate a families’ needs out here,” Baca says. 

But Baca says she has hope.

The church is committed to swelling a word about what happened and she believes a village can come together on such brief notice. “God blesses us we know, and a village with this,” Baca says. 

Last year the barter accommodate was means to yield garments to some-more than 200 APS families. 

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