Christmas crime: Gifts stolen from Tempe church

- It appears the Grinch has visited a Tempe church. Staff at Gethsemane Church say somebody stole gifts they were collecting for the needy. FOX 10's Marcy Jones reports.

"To have those gifts gone, one of them was for a young child, a 6-year-old girl who's wheelchair bound and just choosing the right gift that she can use and has the manual dexterity to get joy out of, you know to see those things snatched - that's what hurt," said Lyn Somerville, Gethsemane's administrative assistant.

Every day, Somerville helps those in need, but on Tuesday, someone helped themselves to the ministry's laptop and Christmas gifts for the less fortunate.

"The first feeling is one of betrayal… it's just this betrayal. I have to admit anger, that somebody would do that… but I won't let that stay," she said.  "I look instead to the beauty of God, the gift he gave us with his son Jesus and I know our congregation will step up and those gifts will be replaced."

Somerville has faith that the community will come together during the giving season, but hopes for whoever did this, it's a time of reflection.

"I would hope that they would look in their hearts, and see who they hurt in the process"

And with just weeks until Christmas, Somerville says it's not too late to lend a hand to someone in need.

"If you're not helping like at your church with an adoptive family program or something like that, then grab that Christmas angel off the tree, give back."

If you have any information about this case, call the Tempe Police at (480) 966-6211.


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