Chelsea star Reece James has warned thieves who stole gifts meant for charity from his car: “what goes around, comes around”.
The Blues full-back uploaded an image to his Instagram story which showed the window of his car completely smashed and hanging by a thread.
James wrote: “Another rewarding experience with the Felix Project today serving meals to the younger generation.
“Hopefully we spread some joy ahead of a challenging Christmas period.
“Unfortunately, I was met with huge disappointment when returning to my car.
“During the event, someone felt the need to break in and steal gifts that I was due to go and donate later in the day.”
He added: “What goes around, comes around.”
The Felix Project is an organisation which collects unwanted food and distributes it to schools and charities to help vulnerable people from going hungry across the UK.
James’s followers reacted angrily to the news on social media.
One fan wrote: “How heartless can some people be, breaking into someone’s car and stealing gifts that were due to be donated.”
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Another said: “We live in sad times, some very sad people out there. If anyone knows who has done this then please let the police know.”
The incident is particularly jarring in light of the well-publicised efforts of Man Utd star Marcus Rashford to feed disadvantaged children.
James has been devoting his free time in a similar manner, and had set his sights on raising £100,000 for the London-based charity by the time of his 21st birthday last week.
The England ace donated £10,000 of his own cash to the project, and has been busy delivering meals to those in need.
He said recently: “No child should go to bed hungry. No one should be worrying where the next meal comes from. It breaks my heart. We all need to come together to create positive change.”
Marcus Roberts, relationship manager of The Felix Project, said in November: “Reece has been quietly donating his time for the last year and a half.
“To have someone like him, who at the age of 20 is so passionate about helping others, is incredibly powerful and inspiring.
“So many young people look up to him and want to be like him, and by devoting his time to helping the less well off he is the best role model.”