SHAKOPEE, Minn. (KMSP) - There's a lot of work to be done to get the Al-Huda Childcare center back up and running. The owner says she's grateful that so many people have come out to help get them back to the business of serving children.
“That's why it was important for me to come, because it's not Minnesota...and it's not right,” Governor Mark Dayton said.
Dayton came to Shakopee Saturday morning to see the damage at Al-Huda for himself.
“The fact that somebody would come in in the middle of the night, and sneak in is just cowardly and to begin with and just vicious, Governor Dayton said.
Shakopee Police say vandals broke into the Somali-owned center either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and smashed toys, threw paint on furniture and walls and stole equipment and cash. Surveillance pictures capturing a car that may have been involved.
DFL House candidate and Shakopee Diversity Alliance co-founder Mary Hernandez organized what she called a Day of Action. She stressed it wasn't a political event by inviting Republican State Senator Eric Pratt to help.
“When bad things happen, we support our neighbors,” Senator Pratt said.
The volunteers got to work doing what they could to clean up the damage by removing carpets and repainting walls. The daycare has been closed since the vandals struck leaving parents of 190 children scrambling for other arrangements.
“I'm worried that we would lose the clients because if they don't have childcare, they will move and find some other places,” Al-Huda Co-Owner Fatimah Adan said.
Adan says the outpouring of support shows the true nature of the Shakopee community.
“I'm so happy and emotional. I can't even express in my mind and I am so, so happy,” Adan said.
There have been no arrests in this case. Shakopee Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.