TOPEKA – The Governor and First Lady announced Monday morning that they were donating $1,000 of their personal funds to Toys for Tots in Wichita.
“We’re asking all of the generous people in the Wichita community to step forward very quickly with financial contributions and with additional contributions of gifts so hopefully this can all be replenish by the end of the week,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat.
Parkinson and his wife Stacy are both originally from Wichita.
Sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, thieves broke into the warehouse of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots and took more than 1,000 toys.
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They apparently picked a lock on the barrier gate, threw open an overhead door and ransacked box after box meticulously packed and readied for distribution.
“That’s really about as low as you can get,” Parkinson said.
He did not hold out hope that the stolen gifts would be returned.
“I’m not sure any sort of reason would matter to people like that,” he said. “The mind set of stealing gifts intended for poor kids is so disconnected with any sense of reason that I don’t think we can reason with these folks.”
Parkinson did think that the Wichita community would come together and replace the stolen toys.
“It’s a terrific community, it’s a very giving community,” he said.
More information on the program and locations of drop-off sites in the area is avalible at www.toysfortots.org.