PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A program that serves needy children in the Gresham area called Operation Backpack was burgled earlier this week.
Operation Backpack Coordinator Angela Powell said the thief stole groceries and supplies from the program’s Gresham office sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
Those supplies had been intended for needy children in the Gresham-Barlow School District.
Powell told KOIN 6 News Operation Backpack is asking for the public to help it recover from the losses.
The program is asking for donations of hearty, easy-to-prepare meals like microwaveable macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, ramen noodles, fruit cups and canned ravioli.
Operation Backpack also needs basic hygiene products like toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, hand sanitizer, bar soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products and wet wipes.
Volunteers at Operation Backpack put these kinds of products into backpacks and hand the backpacks out to kids in need.
Powell said the recipients of the backpacks can request more supplies whenever they need more or the program will automatically refill their bag and drop it off at their school.
A GoFundMe page for the Gresham-Barlow Operation Backpack seeks to raise $300 to buy more supplies.
The Gresham Police Department has launched an investigation into the robbery.