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    http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308210032&gcheck=1 Monk receives the gift of new wheels Stolen scooter replaced by anonymous donor
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      Monk receives the gift of new wheels
      Stolen scooter replaced by anonymous donor from Aurora
      Aug. 21, 2013

      When people heard that a local monk’s scooter had been stolen, several
      caring community members responded quickly.

      For three months, Father Joseph McCormack had used the scooter to visit
      hospitals and convalescent homes to deliver quilts to those in need as
      part of the Healing Quilt Project of the Ozarks.

      That ended last week with the theft. The scooter was the monk’s primary
      mode of transportation.

      However, through an anonymous donor from the Aurora area, the vehicle
      has already been replaced with a brand new model.

      McCormack, a monk with the Eastern Orthodox Church, is the founder and
      director of the quilt project, which provides quilts for people who are
      ill and creates memorial quilts for those who have died.

      After his car broke down last year, the scooter enabled McCormack to
      haul supplies and smaller items when he traveled to hospitals and other
      places.

      McCormack considered the scooter a blessing and a “steppingstone” as he
      was trying to save enough money for a new car before the winter months.

      McCormack said he’s still in shock at the theft and the quick, gracious
      response.

      “Thank you to the community,” he said. “I feel very blessed.”

      After the story of McCormack’s stolen scooter ran in the News-Leader on
      Saturday, three requests for his contact information were received by
      Monday to offer him a new scooter.

      Honda of the Ozarks in Springfield was among the three. Although the
      monk had already received a new scooter by the time the Honda business
      contacted him, the dealership will still be donating the scooter as a
      raffle item that will benefit the quilt project.

      Details of the raffle have not been decided yet, said Misty Liebert,
      business manager at Honda of the Ozarks.

      Liebert said the dealership decided to donate to McCormack and the quilt
      project because management felt that he was working for a good cause.

      “And we were in a position where we could give him one with no strings
      attached,” Liebert said.

      “It was an honor to do that for him.”

      The Aurora donor also provided McCormack with additional funds for
      insurance coverage, which includes theft protection, he said.

      But instead of locking up his scooter next to his apartment complex in
      the 900 block of East Elm Street, where his original scooter was stolen,
      McCormack takes it to his friend’s garage down the street.

      “It’s worth the walk to go get it.”
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