ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) --A tool thief could not keep St. Louis moms from their mission this Mother's Day weekend. That thief stole more than $13,000 worth of tools from Habitat for Humanity, the organization that builds affordable houses for people who otherwise could not buy them.
In spite of the low-down crime, it turned out the moms had all the tools they needed for their weekend building blitz.
There was an army of moms among the 80 volunteers for working on five Habitat for Humanity houses in St. Louis, Saturday. They were part of Habitat's 'Women Build' program - sponsored by Lowe's. The program emphasizes the talents of women as builders of things from floor to roof.
"We finish it or the lock us inside. We finish it," laughed Teri Finan, the Habitat for Humanity House Leader on a new home going up on Pennsylvania Avenue in South St. Louis. "Today we'll finish all the floating floor in the living room and finish up some finesse work in the back bedrooms and get it already. The goal at the end of the today is to be able to walk away and let the trades come in and do what they do."
It would have been a nearly an impossible task after thieves broke into a Habitat trailer and stole clearly marked Habitat tools in the Carondolet neighborhood of south St. Louis earlier in the week.
"As you can see it doesn't stop us," Finan grinned.
In the true Habitat spirit, Lowe's chief rival, Home Depot, donated tools to more than make up for what was stolen, to help the Lowe's program, which truly changes lives.
No one knew that better than volunteer, Wendy McPherson, who bought a St. Louis Habitat home in 2006; the home transforming, completing her family.
"I think it made a tremendous difference because all of the moves we made before that, moving around from apartment to apartment... it's an honor to come out and make a difference for all the mothers. So I just want to say Happy Mothers Day to my mom and all the moms around the world," McPherson said.
Police have yet to arrest a suspect.
Thief or no thief, moms just always seem to have the tools to do the job.
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