TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - The owners of a consignment shop in Tonawanda are doing their part to help replace stolen school supplies meant for underprivileged students in the Ken-Ton School District.
Ken-Ton Closet, a former classroom at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, had been collecting supplies for the upcoming school year, including new or gently used clothing, as well as new toiletries and school supplies. A vandal made off with a number of the donated items, leaving the underprivileged students the supplies were intended for with nothing.
Now Kara Cutley and Janna Sampson are trying to make a difference. The sisters own Bumblebeez Consignment on Brighton Road in Tonawanda and have begun collecting school supplies to replace the stolen goods.
They are friends of Ken-Ton Closet's owner, Jill O'Malley, and jumped into action as soon as they heard news of the thefts.
Sampson said, "People have called to ask what can they bring in, how much they can bring in, when are you going to be open."
Cutley added, "It is for families who are working, trying to make ends meet. It is for people who have gone through a devastating loss, like a fire, or something has happened where a family member has gotten sick and they have lost that income."
Bumblebeez Consignment has limited hours, so the owners of La Hacienda Brighton next door to the shop are also collecting supplies.
Owner Brendan Toy said, "Whatever they could spare: pencils, papers, it doesn't matter."
Police have no suspects in the thefts, but support for Ken-Ton Closet has been overwhelming. The barrels at La Hacienda were donated and a security company has even offered to donate a burglar alarm system.
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