Posted by Colby Rogers
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A non-profit children's camp in Henrico County says its headquarters have ransacked and burglarized.
Comfort Zone Camps helps grieving children cope with the loss of a loved one. Camp officials say this crime hit them where it hurts the most right now - the pocket book.
Pete Shrock, the national program director for Comfort Zone Camp, says he'll spend the weekend helping children at a camp session in Henrico without the use of his laptop. He says it was one of many things stolen from the camp's headquarters in Henrico.
"It hurts a little bit. Our camp is about trust and respect - that's our theme," Shrock said. "The kids that come, they feel like they are in a safe place, and for us to have our own location vandalized - it kind of dampens the spirits a little bit."
Comfort Zone Camp hosts weekend getaways for grieving children at Camp Hanover in Mechanicsville and at another camp in Goochland.
With a large group of campers coming to town this weekend, camp staff members say they showed up early to prepare at their headquarters near Willow Lawn. That's when they found the door pried open, the offices ransacked, and computers and money gone.
Comfort Zone public relations manager Stacey Ricks says the burglary came at a bad time for the camp.
"It's so devastating when you walk in and you are already struggling," Ricks said. "You know, corporate donations are down, so we have been trying to rely on individual donations, and then you come in and this happens."
As police officers dusted for prints, staff members said they'll dust themselves off, have fun with the campers this weekend and move on.
"We'll survive - it's what we do," Ricks said. "This is something we will move forward with and we're going to be fine in the end."
Comfort Zone Camp officials say there's two pieces of good news amid the bad - no one was injured and no camper information was comprised during the burglary.