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Real-life Grinches Steal Christmas

Thieves make off with hundreds of toys intended for needy children.

A brightly lit symbol of Christmas at Seattle's East Cherry branch of the YWCA is now a symbol of something else. Despite all the decorations on it, it's what's missing under the Christmas tree that brings Community Resource coordinator Nichelle Hilton to tears.

"Who would do that? Who would steal Christmas presents from homeless children?" asked Hilton.

And not just presents to go under one tree, but hundreds of trees for families in need. Sometime over the weekend, someone stole all $6,000 worth of toys the Y had from this vacant unit at the shelter across the street.

"Now it negatively is going to affect every child whose present was in this box, and that box, and the 50 other boxes that aren't here," said Hilton.

Holiday hearts once full are running on empty for Hilton and for YWCA resident Jessica Giles.

 "There's nothing in the budget to buy anything for Christmas so it's coming from stuff like this," said Giles. "So I hope that doesn't mean there will be nothing for Christmas."

Santa's list is all they have to show for the 200 toys just bought but now, not delivered.

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