Sherman non-profit out thousands of dollars after burglary

Published: Nov. 18, 2019 at 6:10 PM CST
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A Sherman non-profit food pantry is out thousands of dollars after they were burglarized Sunday night.

Now, the truck Share Ministries uses to transport food donations isn't drivable.

"The dealership recommended that we don't drive it, and it's an integral part of our warehouse here that we need to go pick up donations," Share Ministries executive director Ron Ruppel said.

Ruppel said he was going to pick up donations this morning when he realized something wasn't right.

Windows in the van parked outside were smashed and the catalytic converter was stolen from the donation pick-up truck.

Ruppel said the truck was donated to them just last month.

"We just got a rough estimate on the replacement costs so we're looking at probably $7,500 for parts and labor at a time we're trying to reach out to the community," Ruppel said.

Share Ministries is a non-profit food pantry, and Ruppel said with the holidays coming up it's their busiest time of year.

"We have to do the best we can you know, we have a back up truck but that will just cut our resources from going to to other locations so it's going to be limiting our operations," Ruppel said.

Ruppel said they provide food for over 22,000 families a year.

Jeanne Hartless has volunteered at Share Ministries for 11 years, and said it's more than a food pantry to her.

"Sharing hope, sharing families, spreading hope, spreading love," Hartless said.

Ruppel said they filed a police report in hopes of getting the part back.

He said they're always looking for volunteers.

"If it's an hour, two hours, whatever you can spare it would be greatly, greatly appreciated," Ruppel said.

Ruppel said despite the financial setback, they'll still be open to the public during their normal hours.

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