Copper Theft Hits Local Charity

By: Derek Shore Email
By: Derek Shore Email

Isaac Butler is a long time foster parent.

"I love kids," Butler said.

But Butler and his wife saw a need to help even more children.

"Twin City Mission had a shelter but it closed down," Butler said. "And it didn't have no where for kids in this seven regions for kids to go."

So Butler and his family decided to create Genesis House, a shelter for abused and neglected children. Four years later, construction is almost complete, but now there has been a big set back. The Butler's walked out to the back of the house to find the A/C units completely stripped of their copper wiring, leaving them skeletons with no hope for repair.

"To come in and just do this to a place like this," Butler said. "Yeah it made me mad because of all the hard work that's been into this."

The Butlers aren't alone. The rise in copper value and the demand of copper from foreign countries has made copper theft a multi-million dollar problem.

"That person doesn't have any conscience at all you know what they got for this copper wasn't worth it," Butler said.

Not worth it at all. The thief may have gotten 100 dollars for the copper and now Genesis House is looking at nearly 5,000 dollars in repairs before they can even open.

"It's just a hard set back and its painful," Butler said.

Painful, and painful for the children they could be serving.


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