GENEROUS staff at Gentoo helped save Christmas for kids at a ransacked youth centre.
Raiders left hundreds of children heartbroken after they broke into Sunderland’s Sans Street Youth Centre, stealing thousands of pounds worth of games and bikes.
The break-in was carried out between 6pm on Wednesday, December, 11, and 7.30am the following day, ahead of the centre’s festive party.
When staff at housing firm Gentoo heard about the burglary, however, they collected a bumper haul of chocolate for the centre’s 200 young members. Michelle Meldrum, its deputy director, said: “Gentoo works closely with Sans Street Youth Centre throughout the year and were pleased to be able to help out after hearing about the news of the recent break-in.
“Gentoo delivered 200 selection boxes to Sans Street to help the young people enjoy their Christmas celebrations.”
Staff have also offered to help redecorate the centre, as part of the company’s Good Deed Day on February 24, along with volunteers from Sunderland University and residents.
Centre manager Sue Mileson said: “We were really pleased. The kids were over the moon. They still had a nice Christmas.”
Sue added that it would costs thousands of pounds to replace everything that had been stolen, including 15 mountain bikes, laptops, Wii-Fits and DJ equipment.
Police are still looking for the thieves, who forced their way into the community centre between 6pm on Wednesday, December, 11, and 7.30am the following day, leaving a trail of destruction.
Anyone with information are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, reference 191 121213, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.