Local Non-Profit Loses Hundreds of Dollars in Donations After Burglary

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA--Two years after losing all of their Thanksgiving food baskets to fire, Servants For The Poor in Odessa is still feeling the effects.

Executive Director Kay Dawson, remembers well that November day in 2006.   Now, on top of damages from that fire, they're dealing with a burglary that cost them hundreds of dollars worth of donations. "We can't get insurance until those two holes are fixed.  So we have no insurance on the building at the moment."

Dawson has been trying to get those holes patched for years.  Now she has a door to add to her repair list.  The one the thieves broke into earlier this week.  "We came to work Wednesday morning and this back door was standing wide open.  I have no money to fix the door.  The police officer showed us how to barracade the door.  So that's the way it's fixed now," she said.

The crooks made off with bags of brand new toys that had been donated for Christmas, but not picked up yet.   But strangely enough, they left something behind.  "All the new toys were missing.  It was ironic that we had a bunch of old toys carried in the building," Dawson explained.

The next target, the breaker was turned off to three freezers, full of food.  $500.00 worth of meat had to be thrown out, despite Dawson's attempts to keep it safe.  "I had them locked so they couldn't get in them.  I guess they decided to find a way to, if they couldn't have it, nobody else could."

Servants for the Poor needs help to get the building up to code, so they can get insurance.  That way they'll be covered, in case something like this happens again.

Even with all the bad luck, Dawson still has a giving heart, "Whoever did this, I hope they really needed what they took.  But they didn't have to take it that way.  I would have given it to them free."

If you have any information on the burglary, you can call Odessa Police at 333-3641 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.   Servants For The Poor accepts all types of donations, from monetary to volunteers.   If you would like to help them out in any way, you can call them at 333-4623.