- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A farm supply business donated tools worth thousands of dollars to Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity after many of the group’s tools were stolen last month.

A thief broke into a locked trailer parked outside of the group’s warehouse in September, taking off with the tools, Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1vdmKwK ).

“Any time you lose something that’s critical to the mission work that you are trying to do, it feels emotionally very difficult,” said Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jeff Capps.

On Tuesday, Theisen’s gave several brand new tools, worth an estimated $3,500, to the community organization. Its store manager, Bill Horrigan, said it’s been wonderful to assist the group that’s helped out the community with its efforts.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity said volunteers would start using the new tools this weekend.

“It made me feel like it’s nice to have a community like we have here in Cedar Rapids that will come through when the going gets tough,” said Ron Olinger, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity’s construction director.

Theisen’s also gifted construction equipment to Dubuque’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity when its tools were stolen earlier this summer.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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