Vandals strike southeast Ardmore senior center

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Sylvia Sadler could usually be described as a cool collected lady, but when her freezer starts to go hot, it makes Ms. Sadler's blood boil.

"Oh yes. I really get angry, I really do," said Sadler.

She's angry because vandalism is what's caused her so many problems.

"It's totally senseless."

Kirk Potter fixed the same problem with the same system last month. He was back on Thursday, not because he's a bad repairman, but because somebody has a bad attitude.

"Someone has come by and stuck a knife inside the condenser and poked a hole in the copper which caused all the refrigerant to escape from the system," Potter said.

Thousands of dollars in frozen food -- and as cold as it is in here, maybe not as cold-hearted as the people who are tampering with senior citizens.

"Well I'll tell you what I am very unhappy to think that people -- old or young -- does that because we depend on that," Sadler said.

And 300 people depend on her everyday. You see, Ms. Sadler and her staff are the faces behind Ardmore's Meals on Wheels program. This is the food which is a lifeline for so many of the community's elderly.

"I think probably we're going to have to put a fence around it."

"We don't have enough money to pay the bills on what we've got right now," Sadler says of the center economic status.

Ms. Sadler says she's having trouble sleeping at night, fearful the vandals may strike again. The stack of relpair bills, a cold, and ever-present reminder for a woman who just can't understand why.

"Well... you know what I shouldn't say what I think. But I think that they are very inconsiderate people. I think that they should be better things that they could do if they wanna do something in come in I'll find them work... and feed them, if they'd volunteer and do something, we'd feed them," Sadler said.


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