by Leah Jessen, The Daily Signal
The magic of Christmas will still be alive for thousands of needy children despite the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of presents from a Salvation Army warehouse in Washington, D.C.
Lewis Reckline, area commander for the Salvation Army National Capital Area, estimates it will cost $50,000 to replace stolen items from the Angel Tree program, to have staff work extra hours, and to increase security measures.
But low-income families will receive gifts on time from the program this year.
As of Wednesday afternoon, $45,000 has been donated to the Salvation Army.
Reckline told The Daily Signal the Salvation Army has been purchasing replacement electronic items this week “so that the children have something to open up on Christmas.”
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