URBANDALE, Iowa – Thieves broke into an Urbandale warehouse overnight on Monday, stealing items needed for the EveryStep Care & Support Services‘ Grief and Loss Support Service Cheer Box program.
Cheer Boxes are a holiday box of twelve family-friendly gifts that go out to families and individuals that have felt the pain of losing a loved one. Polly Carver-Kimm, the spokesperson for EveryStep, said the organization wants to remind those Iowans of their support and care during the holiday season, which can be difficult for those who experienced the loss of a loved one.
The warehouse broken into was used by volunteers to box and wrap the Cheer Boxes, scheduled to be picked up Friday for delivery. EveryStep staff and volunteers are planning to deliver 660 Cheer Boxes this holiday season.
The Urbandale Police Department is investigating the incident, in which two EveryStep automobiles were stolen, along with games and other items intended for the Cheer Boxes.
EveryStep is requesting monetary donations to replace the Cheer Box items as quickly as possible. To donate, visit www.everystep.org/donate.
EveryStep, formerly known as HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, has offered care and support for Iowans for many decades. They provide prenatal support and home visits to new moms, assistance to immigrants and refugees, compassionate hospice and home care services, and grief and loss support.