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Community bands together after Grinch steals Christmas

15-20 bags of donations for families in need taken from trailer (Source: Chris Redford) 15-20 bags of donations for families in need taken from trailer (Source: Chris Redford)
(Source: Chris Redford) (Source: Chris Redford)
(Source: Chris Redford) (Source: Chris Redford)
(Source: Chris Redford) (Source: Chris Redford)

One North Shreveport resident is heartbroken after someone reportedly stole 15-20 bags full of toys from a flatbed trailer on her property.

"I asked my husband, I said: 'Do you know what happened to the bags on the trailer?' He said 'No' and I said 'Well, they're all gone.' By that time, I went to crying," Gwenda Crawford said.

Crawford has helped the nonprofit "B A Blessing" for three years. It's an organization that aims to help needy families get back on their feet.

Crawford said the donations had just been dropped off Saturday evening and several families were scheduled to pick up the toys and clothes Sunday morning during a giveaway. 

But when Crawford awoke Sunday, she noticed the trailer had been nearly cleaned out overnight. She said she immediately filed a report with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

Crawford said the stolen items could have provided Christmas for about 30-40 families. 

Jessie Deleon was at Crawford's home on Monday receiving toys and supplies for his family this holiday season.

"Especially during the holidays, a lot of people lose some hours because they hire extra people," he said. "My hours got cut. I was doing about 45 hours. Now I'm down to 29 a week."

Deleon said he hates that someone stole from an organization helping him this Christmas.

"With only three, four days until Christmas, it's really not the right thing to do," he said.

While the Grinch may have made off with several bags of donations, Crawford said not everything was taken, as she usually keeps the items in her home.

She explained she wished she could afford a shed that she could lock at night, but it's just not in her budget right now.

Now, friends of the nonprofit are working with Gemco in Bossier City to build something more secure.

"We are in the process of trying to get her a building for her property here so it can be locked up," said friend of the nonprofit Trish Baird.

Baird said it will take around $1,500 in donations to make that shed a reality.

Every day Crawford, along with a team of volunteers, are busy picking up donations from volunteers and distributing them to those who need them the most.

Around Christmas time, Crawford, with the help of her grandchildren, enjoys filling stockings as just something extra special for the children in need.

She said she involves her grandchildren in the good deed to teach them.

"You're not the only one who has problems," she said. "There are more people out here that doesn't have anything or anything to open."

The toy giveaway at Crawford's house is scheduled through Tuesday. 

Those wishing to donate can drop off new or slightly used toys and clothes at Crawford's home at 7746 Womack Road in Shreveport.

If anyone wishes to donate to the secure shed fund, they can bring donations to Gemco Bossier City at 4603 E Texas Street.

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