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OMG: Within Hours, Supporters Help Peace Out Raise Money To Replace Stolen iPad

The University Place group was one of the businesses hit by burglars who've been cutting power along Bridgeport Way West. But the thefts weren't enough to deter Peace Out supporters, who donated more than $500 in three hours for a new iPad.

An act of pettiness one moment. A triumph of generosity the next.

What a Monday it was for in University Place. The nonprofit that's in the business of encouraging teens to raise money and awareness for local causes found itself in its own quandary of need.

The organization's humble headquarters was one of the spots on Bridgeport Way West that someone was eyeing. Over the past three weeks, someone has been in University Place.

Authorities say compared to the typical commercial burglary they see, the kill-the-power thieves hadn't really taken much.

But for a volunteer organization, it doesn't take much to cut deep. On Monday, Peace Out realized that the burglars had swiped one of its iPads.

Ouch.

That's when Peace Out took to something else it enjoys: social media.

The group set up a donation page and hit Facebook by Monday afternoon:

As most of you know, the Peace Out office was broken into this weekend and my mom's (Michelle's) iPad was stolen! Instead of focusing on the negative, I though we could handle this the "PEACE OUT" way and help her raise money for a new one!! ;) If you'd like to donate $10, just click this link and donate! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Within minutes, the social mediasphere had latched on and the donations trickled in.

Then it started to flood. Ten dollars. Twenty dollars. By 8 p.m., someone had donated $129 while another had donated $150.

You could feel the gratitude in Peace Out's Facebook post:

OMG!!!!!!! ITS DONE!!!! IN JUST 3 HOURS WE RAISED $500 to buy my mom a new iPad because hers was stolen from our office last night!!!!!!!!!! UNREAL!!! I am sitting here sobbing like a baby!!!!! THANK YOU WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS!!!!!! Talk about a PEACE OUT FAMILY!!!!! ♥♥♥♥

And with that, Peace Out proved that it will take more than a power outage and a stolen iPad to cool its goodwill.

What a day, indeed.

Jennifer Ordway August 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Who couldn't help when it involves Michelle. The woman would give you the shirt on her back if it was necessary! Also note, this happened on Tacoma's Bill Ray Shirley Day. He was one of PeaCe Out's biggest supporters who was shot while attempting to pull a friend from a party late one night over a year ago.
Brent Champaco August 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I totally didn't make that connection to Billy Ray Shirley, Jennifer. You're totally right!
Michelle McLean August 29, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Peace Out proved that it will take more than a power outage and a stolen iPad to cool its goodwill. What a day, indeed. :) LOVE THIS ARTICLE!!!
Brent Champaco August 29, 2012 at 05:06 AM
You rock, Michelle!
Amber McLean August 29, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Thank you for sharing our story!! How cool!!
amber mclean August 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM
YEAH! You do rock, mom!!!!!
Brent Champaco August 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You rock too, Amber, for getting the word out. Great job!
amber mclean August 30, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Well thank you!!! The amount of love the community showed us STILL BLOWS my mind!!!! it's such an incredible feeling to have support like that!!!!!!

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