Small toys, shampoo, toothpaste and other essential personal care items have been stolen from several of the Crisis Care donation boxes, located at local food and drugstores.
The boxes were placed around town as part of Payson Church of the Nazarene's contribution to worldwide disaster relief efforts.
"Hopefully, whoever took the items was more in need than those affected by disaster," said church secretary Nancy Unruh.
People had been donating whole kits as well as individual items.
"We think at least four kits were taken from Bashas' and one from Walgreens," said organizer Ray Kinsman.
Kinsman is one of the Nazarene members who has been emptying the boxes in preparation for shipment to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries before distribution.
Despite the missing kits, Kinsman believes the collection campaign has gone well so far.
"We need fingernail clippers the most and we need shampoo," said his wife, Theresa Kinsman. "We have enough bar soap and tissues."
Items remaining after the kits are sorted will be donated by the church to the Time Out Shelter.
Crisis Care Boxes will be located at Bashas', Safeway, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart through Feb. 28.
Donations can be made at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.