CLEMMONS, N.C. – Lounging on the couch with his remote in hand, Will Yarborough wraps up his day by watching the news.
“I saw the story pop up about the children's toys that were taken,” Yarborough said. “I can't even explain how it makes me feel. It actually makes me angry.”
Thieves stole 1200 dollars worth of donated toys from a Toys for Tots truck early Sunday morning, according to police.
“I know that those toys are going to underprivileged children because as a child growing up I was one of those children,” Yarborough explained. “I knew immediately that I had to put a call to action and get everyone to try to replenish those.”
Yarborough started posting on Facebook and asking members of his car and truck club to pitch in to replace the stolen toys.
“The memories of receiving toys at Christmas from the local community is kind of what inspired me,” he said.
Yarborough has already raised several hundred dollars and is planning a fundraiser Tuesday night.
It’s a gesture that won't be forgotten by people like Donna Whiteman, who helped organize the first toy drive.
“Your faith is restored in humanity in a sense, with the generosity of others,” she said. “There's a lot of good in this world and it's nice to see that first hand in this situation.”
Yarborough held a drive on Tuesday and collected about $1,000 and 100 toys to replace the stolen items. He's planning another toy drive Tuesday, December 5. Donations can be dropped off at High Rock Church in Lexington from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.