Habitat for Humanity in Springfield is holding a “The Grinch Who Stole Our Tools” campaign, trying to raise $15,000 after thieves took off with the group’s truck and trailer.
Both have been recovered by officers, but the tools are gone.
Habitat was building and repairing homes in the Woodland Heights neighborhood as part of a revitalization effort.
“Without tools, we can’t build and repair homes for residents of Woodland Heights,” said Larry Peterson, executive director of HFHS. “We have to put current projects on hold and we can’t start critical repairs until we can replace our stolen equipment.”
In order to replace stolen tools, HFHS has set up a fundraising campaign to purchase necessary tools. Grants and donations from area businesses will supplement private donations to purchase replacement tools.
HFHS has filed an insurance claim but will incur a high deductible.
Monetary Donations: Give online to our “The Grinch who Stole our Tools” campaign at give.habitatspringfieldmo.org or at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (2410 S. Scenic).
Tool Donations: Please contact Brandi VanAntwerp, Development Director, for further details regarding tool donations. To maintain the quality of the home repair and home building program, HFHS reserves the right to only accept tool donations that maintain proper building standards. 417-829-4001 x 106, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HFHS is thankful for the teamwork of the Greene County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Police Department, the media, and our community for assisting with the recovery of the missing truck and trailer.
HFHS is hopeful funds will be raised quickly in order to continue the organization’s mission of building and repairing homes for low-income families.