LUMBERTON — A propane cooker stolen last week from a local nonproft that feeds the needy has been replaced by a generous reader.
The cooker, which was My Refuge’s only one, was stolen during a break-in on Friday. According to director Rosemarie Glenn, an anonymous donor read about the break-in in Tuesday’s crime report in The Robesonian and immediately sent over the $70 to replace it.
Glenn said the cooker was mostly used to make fried chicken — and when Glenn and her coworkers make fried chicken, they really make fried chicken.
“When we cook fried chicken, we cook over 100 pieces,” Glenn said.
But when the cooker went missing, Glenn didn’t get angry.
“I would just like the person to come in and see me — no judgment, we already forgave him,” she said.
My Refuge, located on West Fifth Street, serves free food to about 50 people every day, seven days a week, and cooks up about 25 turkeys every week plus fresh-made sides. The nonprofit also provides free clothing and temporary housing for those in need.
Glenn said she heard about the break-in on Monday afternoon when volunteers arrived, noticed a gash in the fence in front of the building, and saw that the cooker, which had been inside the fence, was gone.
About $100 in damage was done to the fence, according to a police report.
“We thank the Lord that all that was taken was a propane cooker,” Glenn said. “Life is precious, what if somebody was there and there was a confrontation?”
With a full kitchen inside, the theft has not been a setback for the organization — and Glenn said it was probably time for an upgrade anyway.
“The Lord wants us to have a new one,” she said, laughing joyfully.
Glenn said she’d like to help whoever stole the cooker, whether he or she is in need of money or moral guidance.
“My prayer is for the one who took it,” she said. “… I’m not going to be angry with him. There’s a reason why he took it. Just be honest about it.”