Created: September 07, 2020 10:07 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A nonprofit clothing bank that serves students in the metro area has become a target for criminals after it was broken into for the second time in three months Sunday night.
“We live basically paycheck to paycheck trying to make ends meet so we can see kids,” said Kim Kerschen, director of Locker 505. “We’re seeing probably 70 to 75 kids a week. We’re doing curbside. We’re trying to stay open and still serve the kids amid COVID.”
Kerschen said Locker 505 serves around 1,000 kids a semester with clothes, new shoes, and underwear.
On Labor Day, Kerschen said someone noticed the door was broken in when they stopped by to donate clothes. Rows of brand new shoes and two desktop computers were missing along with other necessities.
“Just think about the children. That child that’s going to come and we’re not going to have a size nine shoe for him because somebody stole it,” Kerschen said. “You know, it’s gone. Do we have the money to recoup it? I’m not sure we do.”
This is just the latest blow to the organization since their first break-in back in June. That time the store window was smashed in and computers and clothing were stolen.
Now Kershcen is left wondering why they’re turning into a target.
“We’re here to help, so it really does feel like someone puts a knife in your heart and goes ‘Yeah, you’re trying to do something good, but we’re not going to let that happen’ and that’s just really hurtful,” she said.
Kerschen has one message for the person responsible: If you really need help, just walk inside and ask for it.
There are several ways people can help Locker 505 get back on their feet through either monetary donations or by donating items to replace the ones that were stolen.
To donate, click here.
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