JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Families of Slain Children was burglarized over the weekend. They had no other choice but to close their doors, until today.
Beverly McClain cannot express just how much she appreciates her community. "I'm grateful for people in Jacksonville who stepped up to help us," she says.
The founder and CEO of Families of Slain Children was distraught when someone broke into her building over the weekend. "It hurt a lot when I walked through that door and saw our main computer taken with all of our pictures and a lot of information," she says. Two laptops were also taken.
And because of that, for the first time since the group began six years ago, she had to close her doors. "They came here yesterday and I had to turn them away because we didn't have what we needed."
But that all changed Wednesday. Since the break-in, multiple companies and community members have offered to help. "People have really stepped forward and stepped up. And want to help us gain things we lost and more."
Things like a fixed window, a new security system, better lighting on the streets surrounding the building, and what she says she needed most: computers.
McClain says now she will be able to keep the non profit open, but says they're a long way to go. "We're asking anybody who can donate to this organization to help us. We appreciate all you can do."
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