Charitable organization hosts toy drive for women and children's shelter

Heart2Heart4U collects hundreds of gifts

By Pilar Arias - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The community's response to the "Grinches who stole Christmas" from children at the Battered Women and Children's Shelter has been overwhelming this holiday season. Donations continue pouring in and are expected to continue through Christmas Eve.

Charitable organization Heart2Heart4U collected toys Thursday and Friday to donate to the Family Violence and Prevention Services shelter, where items were stolen from a shed the afternoon of Oct. 31.

A police report said on Halloween, 15 boxes with about $2,000 worth of toys and office supplies that were supposed to be donated to families were stolen by two men.

Since news of the theft was revealed this week, people across the community have stepped in to help.

"We decided that we were going to go out and buy some gifts to help those kids and families that are in this kind of situation," Bill Goff said.

The group of people who helped wrap the gifts at the VFW in the 100 block of Elmhurst Avenue also prepared bagged lunches and other items to pass out to homeless people.

"Christmas is for the children, and no child should be left without Christmas," Heart2Heart4U Director Patricia Moreno said. "Thank you, San Antonio, for your big heart, because without your heart and your kindness and your goodness, this would've never happened."

For more information about Family Violence Prevention Services or the shelter, click here.

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