The children at the Bethlehem Center on Blair St., in midtown Jackson were supposed to go to Vacation Bible School at Galloway United Methodist Church Friday morning, but instead they were stuck waiting on a ride.
Wednesday night or early Thursday morning thieves broke into the center's van and stole the vehicle's battery. This is the second time in the last 10 days that the Christian-based, non-profit center's van has been targeted.
Theresa King, the center's executive director broke down how much this is costing them.
"A window is like $160 and batteries are anywhere from $60 to $100," King said.
Combined the thefts have cost them more than $500 which is a trend they can not sustain.
Every 10 days I can't afford to buy a battery and windows," King said.
What bothers King the most is that Bethlehem is being targeted despite offering so much to their community.
"I feel a little wounded in that the services we do have are for the community," King said.
Services such as after school programs, summer child care and tax preparation all suffer, because donations that support those activities are directed toward replacing what has been ripped off.
Making matters all the more difficult is explaining it to the kids. "They want to know, who is it Ms. King? Why did they do this?" King voiced the children's concerns. "It really hurt their feelings to know that somebody would do this."
King said if the problem persists they will have no choice, but invest in a garage or shed for their van.
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