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Grinch steals Christmas gifts meant for kids with life-threatening illnesses

A charitable organization is reeling from a holiday season burglary after gifts meant for children with serious medical conditions were stolen in east Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A charitable organization is reeling after gifts donated to children with serious medical conditions were stolen in east Columbus.

A spokesperson for the Special Wish Foundation said they had a break-in overnight Sunday where countless gifts and a computer were stolen from their offices on Memory Lane. The gifts were meant for at least 200 kids at their annual Christmas party on December 9.

"These gifts are donated by a lot of very good people and this is very tough. It's heartless for someone to come in and take these kinds of gifts from these kids," said foundation president Charlie Groezinger.

Officials said thieves busted in the door and made off with the stolen items minutes before police were on scene after responding to an alarm system.

It's the second break-in at the offices. Groezinger said the foundation also had a burglary in the summer of 2015.

Officials are hopeful surrounding businesses have surveillance video to help police identify and catch the suspects.

Anyone wanting to donate gifts to the Special Wish Foundation can do so online, in person (1250 Memory Lane N, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43209), or on the phone at 614-258-3186.

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