ENGLEWOOD — Someone broke into the Mothers Against Senseless Killings Peace Academy and stole school and households supplies intended for local children and families just two days before their big back-to-school giveaway.
The person responsible stole two boxes of tablets, snacks, diapers and pallets of water early Thursday morning, according to M.A.S.K. founder Tamar Manasseh. Whoever broke into the building at 7400 S. Stewart Ave. may have gotten inside by breaking a window, Manasseh said.
The first day of school for Chicago Public Schools students is Tuesday.
Manasseh, newly returned from a trip to Tennessee to build a homeless shelter for teens, said she is devastated. She and her team of volunteers had collected donations for weeks.
“This wasn’t an act committed by any of the young people in the neighborhood,” Manasseh said. “They know if they ask, they will receive, and so will their children. This was an act committed by someone who has mental issues and needs help with substance abuse.”
Manasseh has filed a police report and is holding out hope that most of the items can be recovered.
In the meantime, she and other volunteers will be accepting donations 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. People can drop off items at their site on Stewart Avenue or buy tablets or other items for the school through this Amazon wishlist.
The items will be distributed at the organization’s fifth annual Back To School Fair noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the school at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue.
Mothers Against Senseless Killings was established in 2015 as a way to put eyes on the streets, interrupt violence and crime and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies.
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