- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
My family and I have had a lot to do with our local Salvation Army welfare office for the last 7-8 years or so. I used to volunteer fairly often (1-2 days a week) while I was working part time, and now I’m working full time, I still volunteer in the last days before Christmas. My mum’s also a long term volunteer, and her BFF is a social worker and manages the centre.
Every December, they open the doors 5 days a week, and see 30+ (usually closer to 40-50) families a day who need help with food and gifts for their kids. My mum especially, works full time in December, for free, about 10-12 hours a day sometimes to help out. She doesn’t do it for the thanks, or the recognition, she does it to feel good. So do I.
My work (local goverment) just completed their annual food/toy drive and dropped it off to the welfare centre yesterday. A photo went out to the whole business with all the donations collected. It brought me to the brink of tears that people were so generous.
Each morning, my mum and the centre manager travel to the warehouse, and fill up their truck to the brim with brand new, donated toys from corporate entities, and they’re given out to the families they saw the day before. All age and gender appropriate gifts. They got back to the office, parked the truck out the back, closed the gate and chained it behind them, and stopped for 5 minutes to get a drink of water.
In that five minutes, a woman arrived, opened the gate, and stole NINE huge bags of toys intended for needy families. As my mum and her friend walked out to the truck, they caught her closing the gate behind her, and she got in her car and floored it out the carpark. They weren’t able to catch her or get any details to report to the police as they were 10 seconds too late.
I just… I’m astounded. That’s up to 9 families that could go without because this woman stole from them. If she’d walked in the front door of the welfare office, she would have gotten the same help that everyone else did. I can’t believe it. And she got away!
This is one of those times I hope karma kicks in. Stealing from a freakin’ charity. For real. It sucks how ONE negative thing can make all the good in a situation almost forgettable.
Some days I’m ashamed to be a human.