A Palo Alto nonprofit group that serves people with disabilities was hit by burglars over the weekend, according to Palo Alto police.
Employees discovered the theft of approximately $1,630 in camping equipment from a shed on the property at 525 E. Charleston Road on April 5 and reported the incident to police at 12:36 p.m., Officer Sean Downey said.
The stolen items include first-aid kits, sleeping bags and five-gallon water jugs, according to a police report. There was no sign of forced entry.
Wendy Kuehnl, Abilities United marketing and communications director, said the organization was planning a camping trip for June and a second one in September. Up to 40 people, ages 18 to 60, attend, she said.
"Every year we offer camping trips for adults with developmental disabilities to develop life skills, socialization, experience nature, exercise, learn about astronomy, flora and fauna," Kuehnl said. "In the past we've gone to Foothill Park and coastal camping areas.
"We'll take the trip, but we have to find the funds to replace the equipment. Depending on how it impacts our budget we may have to do one trip rather than two," she said.
Kuehnl said that anyone who wants to help replace the equipment can do so by calling 650-494-0550 or by visiting the website abilitiesunited.org and hit the donate button.