"Grinch Who Stole Our Tools: Anonymous donor starts campaign for Habitat for Humanity

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield's Habitat for Humanity will not let a Grinch steal its Christmas spirit.

Last month, surveillance video captured crooks stealing a truck and trailer from the organization. Police found the truck and trailer. However, the organization says $15,000 worth of tools are gone. Volunteers used those tools in the building and repairs of homes.

One single anonymous donor provided $6,000 to kick-start “The Grinch who Stole our Tools” fundraising campaign for Habitat for Humanity.

“The Christmas spirit is magical,” said Larry Peterson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. “We are truly blessed for the generosity of our community to help us replace our stolen tools.”

Funds raised from the “A Grinch who Stole our Tools” fundraising campaign will be used to replace the stolen tools that are used for projects in Woodland Heights. Current projects are temporarily on hold as Habitat for Humanity has to allocate resources to other ongoing projects.

Donation Information:

Monetary Donations: Give online to our “The Grinch who Stole our Tools” campaign at give.habitatspringfieldmo.org or at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (2410 S. Scenic).

Tool Donations: Please contact Brandi VanAntwerp, Development Director, for further details regarding tool donations. To maintain the quality of the home repair and home building program, HFHS reserves the right to only accept tool donations that maintain proper building standards. 417-829-4001 x 106, brandi@habitatspringfieldmo.org.

Habitat for Humanity is thankful to the entire community for the rapid response of donations of cash and tools. The teamwork and generosity is truly inspiring.