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Charity needs help after burglary

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Special Abiliities of North Texas stolen van 2015
A 23 passenger bus and 8 passenger van were stolen over the weekend from Special Abilities of North Texas in Lewisville.

A Denton County non-profit that serves people with special needs is asking for help after its offices were burglarized over the weekend.

Special Abilities of North Texas serves children and adults with special needs in Denton County and surrounding areas.

Among the items stolen during the burglary were the organization’s 23 passenger bus with wheelchair lifts, eight passenger van, laptops/tablets, several thousand dollars in cash, two security systems, and a significant amount of auction items that were being stored in preparation for their annual fundraiser event scheduled for October 9th.

In addition, a fair amount of damage was done to the property.

Special Abilities president Troy Greisen estimates that his organization suffered over $50,000 in damage and stolen goods.

“Without our bus and van, we will be limited in many of our programs and transportation services we normally provide to children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs,” said Greisen. “Transportation is a critical need for so many with disabilities that we serve.”

Greisen said that he is in need of a 15 passenger van to replace the stolen vehicles for now. “We are also in urgent need of silent auction items to replace the many that were stolen.”

If you are able to donate, or assist in seeking new auction items, such as wine, tour packages, golf outings, travel, collectibles, gift cards and gift certificates, art, new electronics, sporting event tickets, autographs/memorabilia etc, please contact Greisen at 972-317-1515 or Troy@specialabilities.net

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