Nonprofit has fundraising equipment stolen

Posted at 10:16 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 23:24:24-05

A nonprofit needs help after someone stole equipment that is used to raise money for a local hospital.

Earlier this week, Angel and Laurie Miranda contacted the St. Petersburg Police Department after they noticed a PS4 system, controllers, games, a monitor, and other equipment was stolen from the back of their car. Their car was parked outside of their home.

“It was real crummy. It was, you know, I was mad. I’m not going to lie,” Angel Miranda said.

The Mirandas are the co-founders of Gamers On The Edge. Their nonprofit raises money, through gaming marathons and tournaments, for All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The Mirandas believe more than $1,300 of equipment was stolen earlier this week.

“The problem is since we donate all the money that comes in, we really don’t have a working budget that we can say, ‘Oh, let’s buy a bunch of new equipment and do it again.’ We don’t have that,” Angel Miranda said.

The couple said this could be a huge setback for their nonprofit because they have an event coming up in the beginning of the year. Without the equipment, they will be operating at 50 percent capacity, which could mean they cannot raise as much money for All Children’s Hospital.

“I don’t understand why people feel the need to take things from other people,” Laurie Miranda said.

St. Petersburg police confirms the crime was reported and that a technician tested for fingerprints.

A public information officer with All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg said the Mirandas have a great track record with them, and said they raise money to benefit the hospital and the children.

“I love it. I really love it,” Laurie Miranda said.

Angel Miranda said, “The people are amazing. The more we work with them, the more we love them.”

If you would like to help Gamers On The Edge replace the equipment that was stolen, you can visit their Go Fund Me page.