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Thieves steal air conditioner from blind students
Friday, June 17, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The search is on for thieves who stole an air conditioning unit from local blind students. Now the director says the organization can't afford to buy another one.

"I think it shows a callous disregard, not only for blind people but for anybody," said David Houck, who is a little heated after a thief stole an A/C unit at the Federation Center of the Blind over the weekend.

Houck, who is legally blind himself, runs the facility. After he couldn't get cool, he called a repair man who told him the bad news. "The unit was gone," said Houck.

Because the unit was old, Houck says insurance won't cover the cost for a new one, priced at $7,000. "That's a big chunk of change," said Houck.

Until they can get it replaced, they've been putting up with the heat. The hottest room in the building is the computer lab. "I don't quite care to have to work in the heat and be sweaty and I don't think the students back here enjoy it either."

Houck says the stolen unit affects the students most. Some of them are jobless, but still support the center financially.

Students recently donated money to replace another A/C unit last month, among other upgrades for their 50th anniversary this fall. "It's sort of hard to go back to our own people and ask every time a need comes up when you know their situation isn't good," said Houck.

Although Houck could stay hot over the stolen A/C, he'd rather keep his cool believing they'll find the money to pay for a new one soon. "we'll find a way," he said.

The center got a new A/C unit installed Thursday, but they have 45 days to come up with the money. People can donate by sending money to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14926526

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