Thieves leave Rotarians no way to help the poor

 

Rotary Clubs spend much of their time helping others both here and around the world. Now they need a little help after thieves broke in their warehouse at 116 Main St. in Pasadena sometime in June and stole some much needed equipment.

One of the projects of the Rotary Clubs in Pasadena, Seabrook, Friendswood and Clear Lake is collecting books to send to poor countries for their children – and adults – to read. About once a month they package up books they have collected in their communities and ship them in 40-foot shipping containers to distant countries. Bicycles and bicycle parts also are shipped when available.

“We need help if someone has surplus equipment they can donate to the Books for the World Project,” said Past Rotary District Governor Charlie Clemmons, a member of Seabrook Rotary, offering a list of the stolen items so essential to packaging and shipping the books.

The missing items include a pallet jack, two dollies, 12 box knives, two 42” cooling fans, 4 long extension cords, a power strip, a heavy LED work light, tools (hammer, wenches, etc.)

“Fortunately, it appears they were not able to start or carry the forklift, so we still have it. There was no sign of forced entry on the ground floor,” Clemmons said, adding that the Rotarians will need the equipment for the book sorting on July 15.

Any who can assist should contact Clemmons directly via email at c.clemmons@att.net or by cell phone at 713-254-5484.

Space Center Rotary President Ralph Kramer of Clear joined the appeal, urging his club members and members of the community to “Please help if you can.”

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