Milwaukee Youth Center Christmas Presents, Winter Clothing Theft | Popgen Tech


A Milwaukee youth center said someone stole gifts and winter clothing intended for children on the eve of a Christmas party on Tuesday.

About 45 children showed up at the New Hope Youth and Family Center near 32nd and Brown. There they were to receive gifts, coats, gloves, hats and scarves. The only problem is that the staff just found out that someone broke in and stole everything.

“When she came to open the building for our after-school program, she found a cart of boxes in the gym,” said Rita Lee, owner of the center.

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Lee said her daughter thought it was amazing. In the back room, Lee found that everything—coats, hats, scarves, gloves—had been cleaned.

“We started setting up the night before. We had the toys lined up and they took them,” Lee said. “It was a sad party.”

Five televisions donated to the center were also stolen right off the wall. Lee said she was so bothered that she didn’t even take a picture at the party. She doesn’t know whether to be angry with her or sad.

“They went in like this. It was plastic. Like hard plastic. You can tell they just cut it open and then they went right in,” Lee said.

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The thieves then left with gifts, some of which were to be given to about a dozen children living in group homes.

New Hope Youth & Family Services held its first annual Christmas party five years ago to give something to the children they help and their families.

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“That’s our goal right now to at least get them presents by Christmas,” Lee said.

Lee still hopes to make these children happy this Christmas and hopes people can help donate some of the stolen items. Anyone who wants to help can contact her at 414-748-3613 or


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