Salvation Army: Response to toy theft overwhelming

TORONTO (AP) — The Salvation Army has been overwhelmed by offers to help since news spread of the theft of some $2 million worth of toys and donations, the Christian charity said.

It’s believed as many as 100,000 toys were stolen over an almost two-year period from the charity’s Toronto warehouse.

The Salvation Army says it only learned of the thefts after a whistleblower came forward in August. Spokesman John Murray said Wednesday the response from people wanting to help replace the stolen toys has been overwhelming.

Harold Chizick, a spokesman for Toronto toy company Spin Master, says the company is donating more than $100,000 worth of toys to the Salvation Army.

The Toronto facility’s executive director, David Rennie, has been fired. No criminal charges have been filed.

Meanwhile, the executive director at the Salvation Army in Ottawa, Perry Rowe, has been fired after auditors discovered $250,000 has gone missing.

The Salvation Army says that it reaches 1.8 million Canadians in need…

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