Watertown police are looking for the person(s) who stole wrapped gifts from the First Congregational Church on Monday.
Police said about 36 gifts, meant to be given to underprivileged children, were stolen on Monday afternoon from the church on DeForest Street.
The church was locked at the time of the theft.
"It's so sad at this time of the year, when there are so many families in need," said Beverly Nichols, a senior deacon at the church.
The gifts ranged from toys, clothes, and diapers.
Police said this past weekend was the deadline for the collection, so they believe the suspect(s) knew the gifts were there.
The church has been giving out presents to children around the holidays for the past 15 years, and the gifts this year were going to benefit Wellmore Behavioral Health, Nurturing Families Network in Waterbury.
Anyone from the community had the chance to buy a gift for a child by selecting an "angel" from the church's bulletin board ... which had the child's age written on it.
The presents were going to be delivered on Friday, but they will have to push that date back until all of the presents are replaced.
For those interested in making a donation, presents can be dropped off at the church office from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Anyone with information should contact police at 860-945-5200.
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