AUSTIN (KXAN) — Arriving to work the morning of Jan. 27, staff members of the Interfaith Action of Central Texas found their cargo trailer missing from the parking lot on East 17th Street. The trailer was used by as part of the agency’s Hands on Housing.
“When we have a trailer, which is a tool that we use to deliver services, it hits to the core for us because it hinders us in being able to deliver these services,” says Simone Talma Flowers, executive director of iACT.
As a part of the Statesman Season for Caring, the trailer is used to deliver donations to nominated families, in addition to hundreds of others in need. Donations were stored and collected in the trailer before the organization was able to deliver it to Rosa Lee Pennick, an 85-year-old woman who is caring for three seniors ages 70 to 100 in her home. The contents of the trailer totaled $3,465 worth of items, from an electric scooter with hand controls, to a stove, adult diapers, bed pads, wheelchairs and a large washer and dryer.
Flowers says the agency will now have to replace everything that they were planning to donate to Pennick.
A police report has been filed and they are working with an insurance company to try and recover some of what was stolen.
“This is just a reminder to us that there are vulnerable people out there, people are desperate,” says Flowers.
If you have an item you would like to donate call 512-386-9145 or visit their website.