Donations for Village of Wappingers Fire Victims Stolen
Update: After some confusion Zion Episcopal Church has released a statement. The items were not stolen, but given to a family displaced by the fire.
This weekend the Village of Wappingers in Dutchess County was hit with a devastating blow.
On Saturday, June 3, a four-alarm fire tore through several businesses and homes in the Village. After the fire was put out, the Village of Wappingers rallied. The community joined together and several efforts were put together to get donations for the 30 occupants who were effected. A GoFundMe page had been posted and Graceland Tattoo will be hosting a walk in tattoo day this Sunday, June 11th.
The American Legion has also been collecting donations of materials, like clothes and toiletries. According to a Facebook post by Danielle Bushnell Perry, donations came in quickly and they ran out of room at the American Legion to store the donations. So, they opened a satellite location at the Zion Church. Items like clothing and food were locked up at the American Legion and toiletries, sheets, pillows and children's toys were taken to the church.
The post goes on to explain that the church was left unlocked, but because it was a church, they didn't think much of it. Someone had gone in at a later time at allegedly stole 90 percent of the toiletries, picked out all of the new items donated and left the used donations.
As the post says, they're still grateful just upset about the outcome. The American Legion is still collecting donations, however they will be locking up all the items. If you have any information about the stolen products please call the Village Wappingers Police (845) 297-2211.