Sunday, December 13, 2009
Days before Thanksgiving Pat Lawrence with Parallax opened the door of the shed where the organization was storing toys and found all of the Christmas toys they had collected were gone.
Thieves broke the lock on the shed and stole the toys.
Parallax is an organization that helps drug addicts and alcoholics get back on their feet. Lawrence and organizers at Parallax were planning on giving the toys to client children at a Christmas party but the break-in left them stunned.
Lawrence was heartbroken. "When the break in happened it was heartbreaking, " she says. " We all just felt invaded..really bad. We took it personally."
KAKE news and other news organizations ran a story on Pat's predicament hoping police would find the thief and the toys.
That was three weeks ago. The floor underneath the Christmas tree at Parallax will no longer be bare. That's because the good people of Kansas have donated piles and piles of toys. More toys were donated than the organization had before the theft--and just in time for the Parallax Christmas party.
So many toys have been donated that Lawrence says they may have enough toys to donate some to another charity. So, at least two good things came from one bad deed.
Pat Lawrence wants to thank those who saw our stories and donated toys. And, after all, isn't that the real meaning of Christmas?