SEATTLE (AP) — People are responding to news that holiday thieves stole more than $6,000 worth of toys that a Seattle YWCA was planning to give to some 250 needy children.

Seattle police say staff at the Central District YWCA discovered Monday that the toys were gone from a storage room. They’re not sure when the toys were taken.

YWCA community resource coordinator Nichelle Hilton had been wondering how the organization could collect enough toys to pass out at its annual Christmas celebration.

However, The Seattle Times reports that the nonprofit Rick’s Toys for Kids has said it will use its reserve funds to replace the items. The same nonprofit bought the original toys.

Hilton says people have been stopping by the center, dropping off armloads of toys. She says she hopes to be able to tell the nonprofit that the toys have all been replaced.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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