SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Vandals hit the local non-profit Baskets for Babies, shutting the operation down for nearly two weeks.
Investigators said the vandals hopped a fence at the shop on the 9400 block of East Sprague late Friday and somehow got into a side area where baby clothes were kept. The vandals ripped through bags of donations and dirtied much of the clothing.
"It broke my heart to come out here,” said Tammi McClellan, Director of Baskets for Babies. “The rain was coming down. There was clothing everywhere."
Baskets for Babies provides clothing, diapers, and other necessities to needy mothers for free. Tammi knows what it’s like to struggle.
"I was a mom on state assistance when my two kids were little,” she said, “and I know what it's like to go ‘I'm out of diapers or the kids are growing too fast they don’t have shoes to wear.’"
It was expected to take days for Tammi and her staff to wash all the clothes that got wet and dirty, so supplies would not be available to give out until everything was cleaned. In the meantime, baskets for babies had to close its doors through August 15.
“We posted on Facebook what happened,” said Tammi. “Many of our moms showed up took bags of clothes home to watch and clean up."
There was no immediate word concerning any possible suspects.
"I hope they really needed it, “Tammi added, “because all they had to do was walk through the door and say that I need help."