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Donations flow to Salvation Army

News of toy theft from warehouse triggers public generosity


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TORONTO, Ontario—The Salvation Army says it has been overwhelmed by people offering to help since news spread of the theft of some $2 million worth of toys and donations.

It’s believed as many as 100,000 toys were stolen over an almost two-year period from the charity’s warehouse in north-end Toronto.

The Salvation Army says it only became aware of the thefts after a whistleblower came forward in August.

The organization’s spokesperson, John Murray, says the response from people wanting to help replace the toys has been overwhelming.

Harold Chizick, a spokesperson with the Toronto toy company Spin Master, says when the company heard the news, they knew they had to do something.

So it is donating more than $100,000 worth of toys to the Salvation Army.

Murray has said he believes the alleged theft is an isolated incident and for people to not lose confidence in the work of the charity.