Vandals damage Donelson "Blessing Box"

Posted at 9:22 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 23:33:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Organizers who set up "Blessing Boxes" across the Nashville area said they were disappointed when they found out vandals targeted one of the box.

Blessing Box of Middle Tennessee first started putting up boxes a year and a half ago. The lockers encourage people to donate things like canned goods or diapers. People struggling are welcome to take whatever they need.

"We've heard stories where, a couple times, the husband would lose his job and they fed their family out of the blessing box," Lanny Dunkum said. Dunkum and his wife spearheaded the Blessing Box efforts. This week he heard that somebody ripped the door of a box located outside of a Donelson church.

"It's a shame some people don't take it seriously," Dunkum said. "I'm sure it was somebody just out having fun, and doesn't think about the long-term effect of this."

But he said that effect was outweighed by the good. Before Dunkum could get to the box to make repairs, somebody else had already taken care of it.

Still, Dunkum has a message for the vandal: "This is neighbors helping neighbors. This is building a community. when you do stuff like that, you're giving us a set back."

For more information about Blessing Box of Middle Tennessee, you can head to their Facebook page.