Goodwill pours in to nonprofit after thieves steal holiday gifts

CHICAGO --What started as a burglary has taken a turn for the better, and may possibly end up as the best holiday season ever for Beacon Therapeutic.

Last Friday at the Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment center in the Beverly neighborhood, thieves busted in a window, vandalized the interior of the building, and then stole grabbed 40 silent-auction gift baskets slated to be used at an upcoming gala fundraiser.

The theft was especially heartbreaking because the gala is Beacon's number one source of revenue these days because of what's been happening in Springfield, according to President and CEO Susan Reyna-Guerrero. She said Beacon relies on donations to provide educational, mental health and social services to at-risk children and families.

So on Monday, Beacon shared the news on Facebook, and then something special happened: people started asking how they could help. The holiday spirit was in full effect as people just started showing up with gifts and gift cards to donate. Beacon now has even more than they started out with.

In the end, this year may end up being the most successful gala, and joyous holiday season ever.