Packers DE Kenny Clark planned toy giveaway in his hometown, then someone stole the toys

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/gnb" data-ylk="slk:Green Bay Packers">Green Bay Packers</a> player <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/29261/" data-ylk="slk:Kenny Clark">Kenny Clark</a> takes selfies with students at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa in April. (AP)
Green Bay Packers player Kenny Clark takes selfies with students at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa in April. (AP)

Kenny Clark’s heart was, and still is, in the right place.

The Green Bay Packers defensive lineman collected toys for a giveaway to kids in San Bernardino, California, at Christmas time. Clark and his mother collected more than $5,000 worth of toys over a year. Nicole Clark, Kenny’s mother, told TMJ4 the value of the toys was about $7,000 in all. It’s Clark’s second toy drive.

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Then, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, someone stole all the toys from Clark’s mother’s house.

While we wonder what kind of person would steal toys collected for kids at Christmas, it ended up being a story of people coming together to do something positive.

Kenny Clark’s toy drive will go on

According to Wood’s story, the giveaway to children who might not otherwise have toys on Christmas was supposed to happen on Thursday. Clark found out from his mother on Wednesday night that all the toys had been taken from the shed at her house.

This is where the story takes a happy turn.

Wood wrote that people and businesses in Green Bay and San Bernardino helped out. A GoFundMe was set up, and more than $5,500 had been raised by Thursday evening. Among the donations was $2,000 from Blake Martinez, which is apparently the account of the Packers’ middle linebacker.

Clark’s goal was to raise $12,500, which would give gifts and toys to 250 kids who might otherwise be without on Christmas.

“The good thing,” Clark said according to the Press-Gazette, “is the toy drive’s still going to go on. We still have a lot of stuff coming in today that was supposed to come in. That’s the good thing. But it definitely hit my mom hard, especially because they did all the work and they love seeing the kids happy.”

Nobody has been identified in the theft

The story from Wood said police hadn’t identified who broke into the shed and stole the toys, but there are security cameras as the house.

“It’s just messed up, man,” Clark said, according to Wood. “It’s messed up, man. It’s for a bunch of kids, man. it’s difficult, especially for my family and my mom. My mom, she works hard to do it. It’s really difficult for her because she worked so hard throughout he whole year putting it together. It’s a messed-up situation.”

It is a horrible crime, and it stinks for Clark and his mother that put so much work into a good deed. But it did allow many people to turn it into a nice holiday tale of giving.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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