Lochbuie Senior Center needs stolen toys intended for underprivileged kids replaced fast

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LOCHBUIE, Colo. -- Dozens of toys stolen from the Lochbuie Senior Center. The toys were set to be handed out to underprivileged children Saturday at 1 p.m. at the center’s Children’s Christmas Party.

The senior center has been raising money and collecting toys for months.

Thursday night when they opened the unlocked closet inside a locked room where the toys were stored they discovered more than 40 of them missing.

“We started taking things out and realizing there were things that weren’t there anymore.  And the more we took out the more we realized there were quite a few things missing,” said Dee Nelson, Assistant Director at the Lochbuie Senior Center.

“It just kind of sunk my heart and everyone else that was here,” Nelson said of making the discovery.

In tears, Nelson questions who could steal toys from the very kids who need them most.

“Heartbroke, how can they do that. This is supposed to be a happy season,” she said.

Committee members will be at the Senior Center Saturday at 9 a.m. hoping the community steps up to help replace the toys before they start handing them out at 1:00.