Wellmore CEO Statement on Theft of Christmas Gifts 2016


Statement on Theft of Christmas Gifts

It was with shock and sadness that we learned of the theft of gifts for the child clients of Wellmore Behavioral Health from our friends at the First Congregational Church of Watertown, who have generously supported us for many years. But this despicable act has been undone through an amazing outpouring of love and compassion for our Mission!  We are overwhelmed with joy by the immediate response to replace the stolen gifts.  The true meaning of Christmas can’t be extinguished.

Watertown First Congregational Church

We were frankly surprised by the local, national and international media attention paid to this unfortunate event.  We are equally humbled by volume of calls, emails and donations to the First Congregational Church and directly to Wellmore.  Those wishing to help can donate directly on our website at http://wellmore.org/donate-get-involved/donate 

To the person or persons who stole these gifts, we urge you to contact the Watertown Police and turn yourself in. While a terrible act, it is not unforgivable.  Fact is, if you asked us for help, it would have been given. It is not too late for you to take responsibility and atone.  

To all those who opened their heart to the clients of Wellmore, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  God Bless you, you’ve touched the lives of so many and have restored hope in the goodness of mankind.

Gary M. Steck, Chief Executive Officer, Wellmore Behavioral Health