During the holiday season, churches around the country look for ways to serve the underprivileged in their communities. However, one Texas church was stymied in its efforts to provide resources to those in need last week when a trailer used for outreach events was stolen from its property.
Inspiration Church in Houston had been partnering with DJR Mental Health Clinic for charitable initiatives in the community, including food drives. Now some of those efforts have been placed on hold.
“We’ve got bicycle pickups, we got turkey pickups, we got Christmas gift pickups, that we are unable to do right now,” Carlos Jones II, who pastors the church, told KPRC 2.
While Jones said the church has filed a report with the Houston Police Department, he directed one comment toward the thieves: “Return it; we won’t press charges.”
Jones told Cairns Post that he believes the trailer was stolen during an evening choir practice, as that was the only time the church’s gate would have been open.
“But not sure, there’s no leads on anything right now,” Jones added.
In the days following the theft, Jones established a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to replace the trailer, as well as the contents therein. The church’s goal is to raise $15,000.
“Our trailer played a crucial role in our mission of providing resources and support to the community. It allowed us to transport vital supplies and materials, enabling us to carry out various outreach programs and initiatives,” Jones wrote. “With its loss, we are now facing significant challenges in continuing our services effectively.”
“Your generous donations will go towards the purchase of a new trailer, one that will enable us to continue bringing essential resources and services to our community,” Jones continued. “Whether it’s distributing food, providing clothing to those in need, or organizing educational programs, our new trailer will be the foundation for our outreach efforts.”
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, support, and commitment to our mission,” Jones concluded. “Together, we can overcome this setback and continue serving our community with love and compassion.”