About 20 thousand dollars worth of Christmas gifts have been stolen from the Gregg County Child Welfare Board in Longview. The presents were stored in a rented storage unit and were nearly ready to go to several hundred children in foster care in the Gregg County Area.

Lynn Boles, the organization’s Christmas coordinator, says she went to the Home Climate Storage in Longview Wednesday morning to check on the stockpile and found the unit had been broken into and the gifts were gone.

Boles says the gifts were collected over several months, and included at least 12 laptop computers, seven 19-inch flat screen TVs, two 32-inch flat screen TVs, one printer, four or five Playstation bundles, one printer, several Nintendo DS systems and 20 iPods that had been donated or purchased with donated money.

This means foster Children all over Gregg County and beyond could wake up Christmas morning with no visit from Santa.

Boles says “Nothing like this has ever happened...I was just sick.”

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Boles says the people of Longview have always been generous and giving, and now their agency really needs help from the public again to make up for this loss.

They're scrambling to collect replacement donated toys and raise money, and people are responding.  About a thousand dollars had been donated by lunchtime Thursday.