Residents frustrated after thieves steal Kokomo family’s giving tree again

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Steal from them once, shame on you, but rip out a 10-foot tall pre-lit artificial Christmas tree from a front yard twice and it is more than personal.

“When I came home yesterday night, it had been moved and then this morning the entire tree was gone,” said Micah Schroeter. “I was like, our second one has been stolen; you have got to be kidding me. You are stealing from the children and the homeless people that do not have a coat. You are not just stealing from us, but the people in our community that actually need things,” said Schroeter.

Schroeter just talked to us Wednesday about her giving tree that her family and neighbors fill with free clothing and supplies during the winter months, giving Hoosiers in need a helping hand. Unfortunately, people are not just taking the items, they are stealing the entire tree.

The “giving tree” has been ripped out of the ground twice in just the past week.

“This tree was full of donations last night, so it is not like we just lost the tree. We lost all of our donations that we had. I was really frustrated,” said Schroeter.

In the spirit of the season, the Schroeters are trying yet again.

“This is the third tree that I’m putting up. I don’t know how long this one is going to stay up here,” said Schroeter.

Now, with another tree up in their yard, the family is not taking any chances and has installed cameras around the home to catch the people if they try to steal again.

“We are just going to keep putting them up until we run out of trees, which I don’t think will happen,” said Schroeter.

The family of four credits their faith with giving them the courage to push forward and continue helping others.

If you want to donate clothing or supplies to the “giving tree” in Kokomo, mail them to 1700 North Wabash Avenue, Kokomo, Indiana.

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