Christmas gifts stolen from Williamsburg families


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Families in Williamsburg are devastated. They say someone stole their Christmas presents.

Non-profit group Operation Love Inc. dropped off the gifts to help families going through a difficult time this holiday, but the families never received the gifts.

“I’m outraged, I’m pissed. How are you going to take the kids? Who’s doing this?” Mum Kay Kay reacts after saying someone stole her family’s Christmas presents.

“How would you feel if I walked in and took your kids. Literally taking presents from under the tree,” the mother told News 3’s Leondra Head.

His neighbour’s Christmas presents were also stolen. His neighbor Jeneita says someone stole her grandson’s presents.

“We’re really upset because they didn’t take me. They took my grandson.” Jeneita said.

But the grandma says the Grinch stole Christmas and the family won’t open any presents this Christmas.

“We’re all in dire financial straits living where we live,” the mother said.

“We’re in a hotel but it’s like a neighborhood,” the grandmother said.

The families say they saw trucks from the non-profit organization “Operation Love Inc.” deliver gifts for several families to a hotel in Williamsburg. They think a hotel employee may have stolen the gifts. News 3 contacted the Williamsburg hotel and they had no comment on the incident.

Williamsburg police told News 3 they were investigating the incident and officers dropped off toys for the children after learning of the reported thefts.

The founder of the non-profit organization says she is saddened to learn that the gifts were stolen.

“To find out that these gifts were taken while we’re working hard, there’s a lot of tears behind it,” said Tanisha Graves, founder of Operation Love Inc.

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