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Flood of New Donations Pour in to Replace Toys Stolen at Elderly Marine's Home

Many more toys have been donated to replace about 200 or so that were stolen last week in Danvers. The toys were for the Toys for Tots program.

The donations have been pouring in at the police station to replace stolen toys that were intended for kids from low-income families for Christmas.
The donations have been pouring in at the police station to replace stolen toys that were intended for kids from low-income families for Christmas.
Four boxes of donated toys for local children were stolen last week from the home of an elderly Danvers Marine and now many more than that have been donated to replace the stolen gifts.

The Danvers police report approximately 100 large trash bags full of new toys were donated since the theft Wednesday night and dropped off at either the police station, Fire Headquarters or with firefighters at Walmart over the weekend.

And there's plenty of space again at the station to turn in more donations over the next week.

The donations are for the Toys for Tots program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes toys to local children from "less fortunate families" during the holiday season.

In Danvers, 80-year-old Korean War vet and retired police officer Bert Russell has kept the collected boxes of donations in a storage container outside his home each year for the past 20 years. This year, someone broke in and stole toys.

Hearing the news, toys came pouring in from residents, local businesses (Green Elephant Toys made a large donation) and even from other parts of the state.

Police Lt. William Carleton said Friday the Mansfield Fire Department had finished its Toys for Tots drive and still had further donations, so firefighters were heading up to Danvers Saturday to drop off the toys.

Also worth noting is the state police barracks up off Route 62 and Route 1 is a collection site for Toys for Tots as well. You can drop off donations there 24/7 through the end of the week.

As for the thief or thieves, police are still investigating the incident, but didn't have any new information to release late last week. Carleton noted the stolen toys could easily be posted online at sites such as eBay with buyers none the wiser.

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