Hesperia non-profit robbed, community offers help


Video games, cash and other items were taken from the Mourning Star Center- a group that helps kids cope with the loss of a loved one.

"I think that my initial thought was my sadness about having the children re-victimized," said Sheryl Sullivan from the Mourning Star Center. "This is another loss for them."

Mourning Star is where children come to spend time and play with people just like them- children who've lost their mother, father, brother or sister- and now this happens.

"And that's the very sad part of it," said Sullivan. "So yeah, another thing that they have to deal with."

But as the sad news of the break-in spread throughout town, so did the good will in the high desert community.

People have donated TV sets, game systems, and video games. One gentleman even donated a Christmas tree, and someone else brought over wrapped gifts for the kids.

"It really touched us," said Hesperia resident Don Barder. "You know it was just a senseless act."

Barder said what you're seeing is what the community is all about- people pulling together to help those who need it most.

"It probably won't end, and I hope it doesn't," said Barder. "I hope more people see what's going on in the community and pulling together, and doing something for one another."

Meanwhile, Sullivan said in some ways the non-profit is in even better shape now than it was before the break-in.

"It was just overwhelmingly touching," she said. "It was just really wonderful."

Police said they don't have any suspects.

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