(MONROE COUNTY) - Thousands of dollars in gifts meant for homebound seniors were stolen days before Santa was set to make his deliveries.
Nonprofit groups Area 10 Agency for Aging and Home Instead planned on delivering 400 gifts worth $5,000 to elderly clients in Monroe and Owen counties next week.
But that was before the volunteer who was storing the gifts in his garage made a heart-dropping discovery Thursday.
Joe Yoonkman, with Home Instead, says there were a few bags scattered here and there and some stuff that had fallen on the floor - but the rest was gone.
The gifts included essentials, such as blankets, towels, lotion socks and pillows.
Organizers are now scrambling to collect 400 new gifts by next week.
The gifts may have been stolen, but the grinches haven't taken the groups' determination to give seniors in need a merry Christmas.
Donations can be dropped off at Area 10 on Edgewood Drive in Ellettsville. Cash donations are also welcome.
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