Thieves steal from Lexington church

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Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) - The homeless population that the Hope Springs Community Church serves were able to do their laundry tonight. But, somebody got in the way of the church hosting its laundry ministry last Wednesday.

"Our van got stolen and we use the van to pick up people that are homeless from places like the Hope Center and Phoenix Park," says
James Atherton, Executive Minister at Hope Springs Community Church.

The laundry ministry also includes a meal, which is why members of the church were anxious to find a replacement.

"We are borrowing a van from different churches in town. Tonight we have a van from First United Methodist here in Lexington," says Atherton.

The First United Methodist Church will eventually need the van back and several people at Hope Springs are dependent on transportation.

"We probably transport about 150 people per week to the various ministries that we do," Atherton says.

"I used to be at the Salvation Army and they used to pick me up in the van," says Cindy Snider, a volunteer for Hope Springs Church.

Snider lives on her own and gives back by volunteering, "We were all pretty upset. Cause I had already gone their early to cook. So we didn't have the van, we couldn't do this."

Church members hope that the van will be returned or that somehow they will get a new one to continue their various ministries in Lexington.

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