Burglary act a blessing in disguise

The community donated bags of aluminum cans to replace those stolen from the MDS office earlier this month.



An act of burglary earlier this month turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the clients of Mesa Developmental Services.

Several bags of aluminum cans turned up missing from a trailer outside of the office at 9th Street and Grand Avenue. The cans were collected as part of the Recycling For Profit program, which benefits Mesa Developmental Services’ athletes who train for Special Olympics Colorado.

The story was published in the March 11 edition of The Daily Sentinel. Although the article reported an unfortunate event, it brought some much needed attention to the program and the client’s collecting efforts.

The community donated many bags of cans to replace those lost from the burglary and several area businesses signed up for regular collection of their recyclables.

The donations given in only one day cashed in for a hefty $151.30 which by far exceeded the worth of the cans that had been stolen.

Previously the program averaged about $15 per week from the sale of the recyclables. The money pays for incidentals such as entrance fees to the swimming pool, softball field rental or ski passes.

The public is welcome to donate recyclable items to the Mesa Developmental Services building at 950 Grand Ave. Monday through Friday during business hours. Other businesses wanting to participate in the program can call 256-8674 and arrange pickup.


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