A California nonprofit is now asking for the public’s help after $7,000 worth of Christmas gifts for the homeless was stolen on early Monday morning, Dec. 9.

The incident occurred at the Social Work Action Group (SWAG) office in Lake Elsinore around 3:30 a.m.

The nonprofit was burglarized by two males and a female who pulled into its parking lot in a pickup, Adrian Varela, who worked here, said.

The thieves broke into the nonprofit by shattering the glass on its front door and left within a matter of minutes carrying bags and boxes filled with Christmas donations, deputies said.

The items taken include gift cards, toys, and clothes, SWAG said.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Varela said. “It really is a tragedy. Our entire staff has taken a huge emotional hit from this.”

The group is now asking for the public’s help in replenishing its stock of Christmas gifts.

Those who want to support SWAG can visit the group’s donation page.

The nonprofit helped over 400 people get off the streets, KTLA reported.


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