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Vandals at Isom target gift-giving organization

A non-profit organization at Isom was broken into and vandalized over the July 4 weekend.

Needy families in Letcher and surrounding counties receive Christmas presents and other assistance throughout the year from Emergency Aid for Children, a non-profit organization created by Henry and Janet Madden of Isom and Jim and Mary Martin Hendrian of Michigan.

Janet Madden said someone drove through a large gate near the front of property where Emergency Aid for Children is located at 8217 Highway 15, in a building formerly occupied by Wright’s Tackle and Marine.

Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Jason Bates said someone drove up and under the gate sometime during the early morning hours of July 5.

Bates said a window of the building was broken out. Tools, an air compressor, two computers and seven monitors were among the items stolen.

Bates said a water pump was destroyed and that a ceiling was damaged when someone tried to remove copper.

“It’s sad that someone would vandalize,” said Madden. “We have helped so many people in the community.” Bates has charge of the investigation. Anyone with information about the break-in and vandalism is asked to call the sheriff ‘s department at 633-2293.

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