ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI ( KTVI)- St. Louis City Police are on the look-out after someone who stole garden tools, used for a non-profit's community garden.
The organization says It will be hard to come up with the money to replace them. Just a few weeks ago Gateway Greening was the victim of a robbery.
Behind lock and key thieves nearly emptied out the tool shed at the 13th Street Garden getting away with a pair of wheelbarrows, as well as a variety of long-handled shovels, rakes and loppers. In recent days, Gateway Greening was one of three St. Louis area non-profits that have experienced thefts of gardening and landscaping equipment.
With Gateway Greening being a non-profit, the organization relies on monetary and physical donations to fill its tool sheds, and it is in need of funds to replace the stolen equipment. " When somebody takes our tools that we used for our gardens, it takes away our ability to improve our neighborhood, " Matt Fernandez, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.
It's a vibrant non-profit organization. Gateway Greening sponsors a garden in the heart of North St. Louis. The garden provides for those most in need. Including extra vegetables to homeless shelters and community organizations. "Sometimes fresh local produce may not be available in some areas," said Matt Even , Gateway Greening.
Gateway Greening, is a non profit 501c3 organization dedicated to educating and empowering people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening is a nationally recognized and respected organization valued for our expertise and collaborative approach to garden-based community development and public health.
As Gateway Greening works to raise awareness of this issue, the organization is calling on the generosity of the public to raise these much needed funds. anyone who may be interested in donating funds to help replace the stolen tools?
Donations can be sent to 2211 Washington Avenue. St. Louis, MO 63103 or you can call 314-588-9600 ext 101. A list of tools that were stolen are available by phone.