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Community members step up after truck full of Christmas toys is stolen

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“We caught the attention of a private citizen and they were so interested and impressed with what we did, that when we did,” said Angel Velazquez, senior safety advisor at PNM. cash out, they actually gave us a hundred dollars towards our big purchase. “You know, it’s completely anonymous but it’s awesome. We’ve also come across other organizations at Walmart that are picking up items for the Salvation Army.”

Kids Corner, a childcare center in Farmington, is one of the other organizations at Walmart that shop for the same reason.

“Our primary goal is to ensure that children are happy, healthy and safe,” said Nicole Deney, director of Kids Corner. . So the owners called me, they said, “upload the truck and replenish.”

So Kids Corner also donated about $5,000 worth of toys and clothing before Monday’s distribution.

“The great thing about this distribution is that we can have more toys than we could have imagined,” says Deney. “So we can give these kids not only what they want, but maybe a little bit more. And for that, we even have some toys left over so those on our waitlist or Johnny-coming soon, we can take care of them too. “

With thousands of toys and clothes and about $30,000 in additional donations, the Salvation Army was able to serve around 600 children this Christmas.

The stolen pickup truck was also found in Sandoval County, but the toys inside were gone. Police are currently looking for Anthony Crespin, 37.

Nicole Brown said: “We know he was accompanied by an employee who was shopping for the Angel Tree Program. Crespin is helping employees shop and load toys into a pickup truck. And then he drove away before they finished shopping. “

Crespin is known regularly in the Farmington and Bernalillo areas. Call the police if you have any information about Crespin’s whereabouts.

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Yasmin Harisha

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