Omaha’s Open Door Mission CEO Candace Gregory is thankful for all the donations of clothing, shoes and other items at their center in Elkhorn. However, someone is helping themselves to items intended for the homeless and those in need.
Gregory says sometimes at the end of the business day they cannot get some of the donated items into their building. Those items are shrink wrapped and covered to protect them from the elements overnight and the next day they are transported to the Omaha center for distribution.
Gregory says, “Someone is coming in the night and opening those Gaylords up and sifting through them and not covering them back up and therefore ruins those gently used items. Once the dew hits them you can’t use them to give away to someone. We would love, if you are in need, to just walk through our door. We would gladly serve you for free. You don’t have to steal from us.”
Gregory says this very confusing and heartbreaking at the same time. She says the Mission never denies services and when you do this you are actually hurting those in need. She says the thieves are moving security cameras to avoid getting caught. Law enforcement is increasing patrols around the Elkhorn center in hopes of catching those responsible.