July 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Community responds after thieves steal Habitat for Humanity tools

Local residents and businesses rallied behind Macomb County Habitat for Humanity this week after learning the nonprofit lost thousands of dollars in equipment to theft.

Organization officials said Thursday that after the public learned the day before that thieves had stolen a generator and tools from a truck parked at a home building site in the 25100 block of Blair in Roseville, many donated tools and money.

Upon learning of the theft Wednesday, three households in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties gave generators to the nonprofit, Executive Director Helen Hicks said.

“With five work sites always going, multiple generators are a true gift,” Hicks said. “We are truly blessed to have the support from the Metro Detroit community.”

Others individuals and businesses donated money and items including an air compressor, new windows and a table saw.

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity had to halt construction this week after the June 25 theft. A group of women with Habitat’s Women Build are constructing the house for a family who has qualified for a 20-year mortgage.

The nonprofit said it still needs a chop saw, 23 pairs of work gloves, a new lock and repairs for the back of the truck where the thieves broke in.

Donations can be made at www.macombhabitat.org or by mailing a check to 130 N. Groesbeck, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043.

(313) 222-2311