HELP DESK | Computers stolen from the MS Society | News
ATLANTA (WXIA) -- As planning was in the final stages for Saturday's MS 5K Walk in Piedmont Park, thieves nearly brought fundraising efforts to a halt.
The bandits smashed through a huge ground floor window at a Perimeter West office building when the offices were closed, and walked off with laptops used by staffers and volunteers.
The computers are a lifeline for fundraising and planning for the National MS Society's Georgia Chapter.
"As a charity we are very frugal when it comes to what we have in our office and these laptops are valuable to us, certainly to our volunteers and our staff so that we can get our work done and further our mission," said chapter president Roy Rangel.
The theft brought work to a grinding halt.
"To us a laptop is rather significant, invaluable actually to our volunteers and to the staff to get their work done so that we can put our programs and services in play to fight this horrible disease," Rangel said.
11Alive's Bill Liss got on the phone and within hours got support from BrandsMart to help replace the stolen computers.
"This is awesome," Rangel said. "We rely so much on the community and the goodness of people and we know there are some bad people out there but there are millions of good people and we see that every day."
Saturday morning, the MS Society will see more than 2,000 people walking in Piedmont Park to raise money to support multiple sclerosis research.
When the walk is over, the names of those people will be added to the society's files on their new computers.