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Open letter to the person “Borrowing” from the preschool

I know that times are hard. I honestly do get that you’re desperate. I am too. And so are the people that you are “borrowing” from! You took the only sweater that a lady owned when she escaped from her abusive husband. You borrowed the only Christmas presents that some children would be getting, and now you took food from people just as hungry as you are. Does that make any sense?

I can get over that you stole my worn flipflops from my office. (While I was there). I can even get over you stealing my wheelchair so that the rest of my life is going to be really difficult. What I can’t get over is stealing from the school. We work hard to get the toys and equipment we have. It was a lot of work to get donations to give kids the best environment we possibly can.

I wish that I was able to help you. Do you need food? I can give you a list of shelters. Do you need money? we have an emergency fund. Do you need clothing? There is a whole table full for the taking. And I can get you blankets and a hygene kit, too. Do you need a clinic referal? I can give you that. Please just identify yourself somehow so I can get what you need, even if you just leave a note under my office door. I will try to give you whatever you need.

I know how hard it is to ask for help. Please try. I don’t even need your name, and I’ll put any referals where you won’t be identified.

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Guess you needed my flipflops more than I did.

Santa Claus with a little girl

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Seriously. When I went into my office I left my flipflops by the door. Someone stole them. We have a lot of that going on. Some of it is true need. I understand that. but seriously? Stealing my flipflops?! Those were the only ones that I had. And there is no way on earth that I am going into the shower without flipflops.The shower is absolutely disgusting. But that’s its own issue.

While I’m laughing about it now. (they’ve been replaced) I am also saddened by thefts in our building. Nearly everyone has had some thing stolen. And no one in our building has a lot to steal. Anything they have that’s sellable is probably the most valuable thing they own. One lady who literally only had the clothes on her back to start with had a sweater stolen. The management is now telling residents not to take their shoes off in bed, because someone might steal their socks. That sounds funny, but they are not kidding!

And the preschool center gets burglarized a lot. Apparently there is a secret market for used toys? Seriously though, stealing the Christmas gifts for low income preschool is seriously pathetic. I’m not sure why you feel the need to victimize two and three year olds. Those were the only gifts the kids would get. Maybe¬† they were stolen for your own child, but really, that doesn’t help!! and the kids did nothing to you to desrve having their gifts stolen.

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