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A Case of Theft

An effort was created by Gayle C. Willman and other members of the MIT community to help our soldiers and their families during this time of crisis. The effort was called Operation Shoebox, and it focused on collecting hygienic supplies, books, and other items of which the soldiers and families were greatly in need.

Between March 27 and 28, items placed in a collection facility outside of the Alumni Association’s offices in Building 10 were stolen throughout the days -- even the bag containing the donated items was taken by mid-day on Friday. The collection facility was clearly labeled, and the bag of my donations was clearly labeled and secured when it was dropped off.

While many people may have differing opinions on the stance of the United States government, the items collected in this effort were for the soldiers and their families. It would be the same as collecting food for a shelter and having someone steal the food -- or stealing Christmas presents from the Salvation Army during the holiday season.

I hope through the next few weeks as Operation Shoebox continues, the campus community will respect the effort currently being undertaken. I also hope that those who stole the items out of the collection facility feel ashamed at their actions. It is disrespectful of the generous people who donated the items, as well as disrespectful of those who were going to receive them.

Sherry Colombaro