As far as crime is concerned, this is a small potato.
But it was a big deal for the elderly, who worked all summer and were ready to raise money for needy families. They felt that they had been robbed more than their garden.
“It’s everyone’s fault,” said Debbie Travis, assistant director of the Clinton Township Senior Center, on Monday. We do not have such power at the old center. We are a center of activity, a playground for seniors and retirees.
Still, if anything good comes from the capital, hundreds of people in Metro Detroit have gathered to show their support for the center, including those who brought in their own gardens to replace what was stolen.
Next spring the club hopes, even more people will come out to help.
Here is what happened to Travis –
Sometimes last week, perhaps on Labor Day, the center’s community garden was planted. The center’s garden club has been growing vegetables for eight years – zucchini, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and squash – and then donate.
Last year they raised about 1,500 pounds.
This time the thieves earned an estimated 300 pounds.
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The only thing they didn’t take was carrots, which were towed, but left behind.
According to Travis, it is difficult to say exactly when or why. Club members were in the garden on Friday before Labor Day. The garden is a large open space with high beds. People come and go, and some pick some fresh vegetables for themselves. The club doesn’t care.
At first, Travis said, the club did not seem to even know that the vegetables had been stolen.
“It was a slow understanding of what happened,” she said. As they went out, someone said, “Wow, we actually pulled all the pepper in the past.” And then, other people said, ‘No, we left a lot of pepper on the wine.’ »
“Then, on the next bed, I said, ‘Where did all the tomatoes go? It looked like. And then, “Wait a second, all the pumpkins are listed,” and “Zacchini is gone.” ” “Someone had noticed! »
The surveillance cameras showed people walking around the garden with flashlights at night. It is difficult to identify any face. The garden is not damaged. The product was still missing, leaving the center in doubt, not prank.
The club does not understand. The food may be just a few hundred dollars.
Travis’ team members were badly injured because they had “worked hard in that garden.” Although the harvest really contributes to those in need, they do not receive it now.
The club has been trying to grow more and more food every year for eight years.
“The seniors aren’t just doing what’s good for them – they’re just friends in the dirty and garden club,” Travers said. But they are doing something that is good for the community. They feel great about it and the food warehouses appreciate all the fresh produce.
Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.