Holiday toy donations stolen from youth ministry

Raven Brown
Updated: December 01, 2020 05:43 PM
Created: December 01, 2020 12:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Last week a youth ministry collecting toys for kids for the holidays was broken into and most of the toys along with other items were stolen.

“I walked in and I saw that a lot of stuff was missing,” director Cuevas Walker said. “They snatched the TV off the wall, took the sound system and some bags of toys that I had that I was giving out this season.”

Walker has turned his life around from getting into trouble as a young boy to now running Go Ministries Youth Center to teach others to do better.

“If their mindset is saying, 'I can steal,' I would rather see that change versus getting another toy or another dollar from somebody,” Walker said.

He’s spent the past month collecting bags of toys for children for the holiday season, only to walk in last week and find most of it gone. 

“Being in a position to help give people clothes, furniture and toys is a great thing because I know what it's like not to have those things, Walker said. “I know what it's like to be homeless sleeping outside not knowing where your next meal, outfit is coming from."

Walker said of the six bags he had about four were taken leaving nine families without toys for the holiday this year.

Walker said while it's frustrating, his main focus in light of this is for people to have a change of heart this holiday season and think about how their actions could affect others. 

“How did I rob somebody of a smile or hug or conversation?” Walker said. “Especially in this season. The toys and stuff are great and it's annoying that they got taken, but I would rather have someone have a smile, a warm feeling in this season. It's been a crazy year so for us to make it to December and literally have weeks left for a New Year I think we owe people a smile and a hug. Don't rob nobody from that."

Walker said he is accepting donations for those families that were affected if you are interested in donating, click here, or call Walker at 585-360-3526.

Rochester Police say no suspects are in custody and police are asking anyone with information to call 911.

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