Local resident expresses concern over vandalism of community cupboard

Local resident Crystal Shirley recently expressed her disdain over vandalism occurring in Hickory Park in Mountain Home. In social media posts and in an e-mail to KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot news she says the vandalism to the community cupboard upsets her. Shirley hopes by bringing more attention to the matter, whoever is responsible for the vandalism will be held accountable. A picture taken of the damage shows the plexiglass to be ripped out of the door and thrown on the ground.Shirley's efforts have paid off. The plexiglass has been replaced and the cupboard is stocked.

The community cupboard, built and designed by Twin Lakes Woodworking and Remodeling, looks like a miniature house and contains nonperishable items, such as canned food and toiletries, for anyone in need to take for free. Shirley says she has been bringing food every month or so since summer.

The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce put the cupboard in Hickory Park as a project for the Twin Lakes Adult Leadership Network. The group was founded in 1991 for individuals with a desire to improve the quality of life in the Twin Lakes Area. The front of the cupboard says "Take what you need, give what you can" and exemplifies the community spirit and giving nature of area residents.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism to the structure, future attempts at vandalism, or suspicious activity in the area is encouraged to call the Mountain Home Police Department at 870-425-6336.

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