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ONLY ON 3: Church group building handicap bathroom for amputee has materials, trailer stolen

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One minute it was there, and the next it was gone.

Members of the Haw Bluff Baptist Church in Bladen County say someone stole a trailer full of materials being used to build a handicap accessible bathroom for a double amputee.

When members of the church offered to build Ken Lee a brand new bathroom that he could easily get around in, he was overjoyed. But that excitement quickly diminished when he found out someone stole the materials being used for the project.

“It disappoints me that people would steal from hard-working people and take something that they’ve not worked for,” Lee said.

Lee’s life changed completely last year. Because of a blood clot disorder, doctors amputated both of his legs. He says living in a wheelchair is a struggle, especially with two active kids at home.

“I sit in my wheelchair and throw ball with them but I can’t get out and run and play and show them things. And I can’t get out and work and earn a living,” Lee explained.

But the hardest part he says is getting in and out of his bathroom.

“When I go in the bathroom, I’m bumping into stuff, backing up, pulling forward, bumping in backing up, pulling forward to try to get positioned just to be able to use the bathroom,” Lee said.

Members of the Haw Bluff Baptist Church in Bladen County are building lee a brand new handicap accessible bathroom, but thieves stole the donated trailer filled with nearly $1,500 worth of materials.

It was taken from church member, Dwight Horrell’s, back yard Thursday morning.

“For a minute it was unbelievable,” Horrell said. “I called one of the guys and said, ‘hey man, if you didn’t get this trailer today, somebody has stolen it. He said, ‘I’m afraid I’ve got bad news for you.”

Pastor Steve Gasque says they reported the missing trailer to law enforcement, but they don’t want anyone prosecuted.

“We would just like to get the word out to say, ‘hey do you understand why, what that trailer was being used for, what the materials inside were being used for? And just bring it back,’” Gasque said. “We’d love to come out here tomorrow and see it parked right back here.”

Church members say this is a huge setback, and they need all the help they can get.

Gasque says if you would like to help out, you can contact the church at (910) 669-2194, or call his cell phone at (910) 233-0058.

The missing items include an enclosed black trailer, and wood for the project.

If you have any information about the crime, call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-6960.


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