Local businesses and community members have quickly pitched in to help replace items that were recently stolen from a nonprofit that provides services to homeless children and families in Long Beach.
Two to three months’ worth of supplies were taken from one of the facilities operated by Children Today, which offers a safe place for children to play while families transition out of homelessness, providing early care and education services, food programs, counseling and relocation assistance.
But, since an email was sent out notifying close supporters and community members about the burglary, all the child-care items, which included diapers, wipes, shampoo, underwear and socks, were replaced within about a week, said Dora Jacildo, the nonprofit’s executive director.
Pixie Toys, located at 3930 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls, provided a drop box for donations, and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association notified business members in its recent newsletter.
“Our supporters are so generous,” she said. “This community is amazing… and the response from the community was so quick… For us, this means seamless operations. We can just keep on going with the work.”
The nonprofit did not file a police report, however the organization has since taken “additional precautions” and has become “more vigilant” in light of the recent burglary, Jacildo said.
“It’s a little discouraging and makes us feel a little unsafe,” she said. “I just feel like there are a lot of people out there who make choices just out of desperation.”
She added that the nonprofit is always taking donations. Children Today operates its Play House West at 525 E. 7th St. and Play House North and administrative offices at 1900 E. South St.