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Church volunteers re-paint shelter house after vandal strikes

Trinity Lutheran Church volunteers hard at work Sunday
Trinity Lutheran Church volunteers hard at work Sunday
MASON CITY – Some community-minded volunteers sacrificed their Sunday afternoon to clean up and paint a vandalized shelter house in East Park.

On Sunday September 13, volunteers from Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City performed “God’s Work” in beautifying a shelter house in East Park. Shelter #4, by the sledding hill, had been a recent target for graffiti and vandalism. Trinity volunteers donated their Sunday afternoon to helping cover up the graffiti and give the shelter an overall face-lift. Church volunteer organizers worked with city staff to coordinate the effort, and they said city workers would be back to do some of the heavier paint scraping.

This project incorporated a variety of age groups and abilities that Trinity brought Sunday after 1 PM. There was young and old and many ages in between working hard at the site as a team to accomplish the task. Tan paint and green paint covered the old, worn areas and banished the nasty words left behind by a malcontent.

According to two teens who arrived on the site as the volunteers were painting, they claim to have witnessed a local teen vandalize the shelter.

“Now we see how bad it was, why it had to be covered up,” the teens explained. “We saw “D—- W—- in there spray painting (recently). He wrote some really nasty words (which NIT won’t publish here).” According to the two youngsters, the teen was turned in as police were called, but likely didn’t face any charges. A search of court records shows no charges against a teen by the name they gave.

Church volunteers expected to be done with the project within a couple of hours.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Mason City paints East Park shelter house

Posted by on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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