The St. Vincent de Paul warming center in Post Falls was the victim of a heinous theft recently, where someone kicked in a door and stole everything they could get their hands on.
When temperatures drop below 25 degrees, St. Vincent de Paul opens it's warming center doors for the night.
"Get a hot cup of coffee, rest, get something to eat, they can sleep here," said Keri Stark, help center manager for St. Vincent de Paul in Post Falls.
Guests can watch a movie, relax and spend a night off the street, but recently someone wanted more than shelter from the cold. Kicking in a back door, thieves took almost everything they could grab.
"Sleeping bags and blankets, hats, coats, socks, gloves, that stuff was cleaned out," said Stark.
Warming center supplies also went missing.
"Garbage bags, coffee, creamer, toilet paper, paper towels, that was cleaned out as well," said Stark.
The big question is why would anyone want to steal something that's being given away already?
"Your guess is as good as mine," said Stark.
The North Idaho community has stepped up, helping replace supplies.
"Like this, we've been able to replenish some of them. Somebody took an entire case of Cup-O-Noodles," said stark.
Crucial bedding is almost all replaced.
"In here we have sleeping bags and blanket bed rolls, pillows coats," said Stark.
But more is still needed. The warming center could still use jackets, warm socks and boots. Toilet paper and daily use items are also needed.
"It's unfortunate that we had the break in but on the other side of it, it does allow us to bring some attention to the warming center and the function that it serves and the need that is in this community," said Stark.
Donations not only warm the heart of the giver but those that receive the gift as well. Anyone wishing to help can donate at the warming center at 202 W. 7th Ave. in Post Falls or in Coeur d'Alene at the help center located at 201 E. Harrison Ave.