MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Friends of Libraries and Literacy Book Store runs on donations from hte community to help fund local non-profits and scholarships, but just recently someone stole a trailer containing 80 boxes of books from their property.
"A whole year of revenue, at least $25,000 dollars for us," said Grace Aguilar, manager of the store and board president.
Aguilar says she has never seen anything like this happen at her store. Eighty boxes of donated books were taken right off their property. She says it happened April 24. A volunteer worked until 8 p.m. The next morning the trailer filled with books was gone.
"We had it jam packed with boxes of books because that's our storage and it was really, really loaded down. It was really heavy," said Aguilar.
Aguilar says it was so heavy, the person who took it would need a vehicle that could pull large loads.
The trailer was used for storing books that were already processed before stocking them in store and now that the trailer is gone, the store has simply run out of space to put everything.
"If we get another trailer is that going to get stolen too? We are just in the process of brainstorming about what kind of storage we can have out there," said Aguilar.
The store plans to continue to focus on their mission of promoting literacy throughout the community. They raise money for book scholarships for UTPB and Midland College students.They also donate to local non-profit organizations.
The store manager says they continue to get book donations and strongly believe in the generosity of the community.
"There's a lot of book lovers in Midland. That really, really are very generous with us. We really just appreciate all the support," said Aguilar.
The store manager hopes the trailer can be recovered with all the original books still inside.
Large donations can be made on Wednesday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Smaller donations can be put in the drop box in the alley behind the store.