Local ministry needs donations after equipment is stolen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--A local ministry is looking for donations after thieves stole more than $20,000 worth of lawn care equipment.

True Purpose Recovery Center is an in-patient drug rehabilitation center in Knoxville.

Recovering addicts live there for free for nine months and do yard and roof work to earn their keep.

Early Friday morning someone stole all their mowers, back pack blowers, trimmers, weed eaters and other tools.

All the equipment used to sit there, but thieves drove off with it.

True Purpose Recovery Center Executive Director Jeremy Graham says, "The guys woke up and realized the trailer was gone. Then I got the call. It's very disheartening news because that's what funds our ministry."

True Purpose is looking for monetary or equipment donations.

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