A group founded to help the Jacksonville community is now asking for its help after a break-in over the weekend.
Jacksonville police say Families of Slain Children on North Myrtle Avenue in Northwest Jacksonville was burglarized either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Whoever broke in took important information, computers and cash, police said.
Beverly McClain, the organization's founder, said the break-in is a major setback for her charity's efforts, but she's optimistic it will get through it.
The office was closed Monday.
"I just stood here, I couldn't believe that my computer was gone," McClain said. "Then I turned around and I looked again, and I said, 'Something's wrong.' So I turned around again and there was glass everywhere. And this window was busted out."
McClain says besides her main computer, which has lots of important information, whoever broke in also took two laptops from the kids' after-school program, keys to the storage unit and petty cash.
"Keys are gone. This was full of keys. The envelope was here," McClain said as she showed what was taken.
She said whoever broke in went around the back of the building and smashed through a window using a brick taken from the memory garden, which is dedicated in honor of Jacksonville's murder victims.
Police gathered evidence and took fingerprints, but so far haven't arrested anyone or named any suspects.
"Ms. Beverly does so much, and to have this happen, it's just awful, it just doesn't make sense," volunteer Stephen Held said. "Don't make no sense. All this work that we do for the community, for somebody to just come in and violate the premises like this, it just don't make no sense."
McClain founded the charity as a support group for those whose loved ones were killed. But it has expanded and now gives food and clothes to anyone in the community in need. It also serves as an after-school program for at-risk children.
"You know, I was angry at first, but I'm not going to give them -- I'm not going to give it to them like that," McClain said. "I'm going to keep going, I'm going to keep moving, and I'm going to keep helping the community because everybody didn't do this."
McClain and her volunteers say they're not going to let this happen again, so they're installing a better security system and surveillance cameras. SafeTouch Home Security is giving them a big discount and is donating three years of alarm monitoring.
Lee and Cates Glass is putting in a new window at no charge, but the charity still needs more help.
To make a donation, call 904-683-4986 or go to FOSCI.org.