DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – The Knights of Columbus are known for their charity and their cooking.
It’s a national organization that works with the Catholic church to reach out to the community.
The Duncanville chapter uses a special, custom-made cooker to serve people at nursing homes, Special Olympics events and functions at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
But now they can’t.
The cooker was stolen over the weekend from the church parking lot.
Also stolen: the 20-foot trailer, tables and chairs.
Frank Salazar is Grand Knight of the Duncanville chapter.
“They just cut the chains and took it,” said Salazar.
The cooker, along with the trailer, is worth thousands of dollars.
But no value can be placed on what it means to the Knights and the hundreds of people they serve each year.
“We touch a lot of lives with what we do,” said Salazar. “This is something special. The Bar-B-Que cooker is sentimental because we built it ourselves and people who put a lot of service hours into cooking on this grill have recently passed away.”
The Knights have had a cooker stolen before, so this time they took extra precautions. They purchased a heavy duty chain, ran it through the cooker and its wheels. They also placed two locks on it, but that didn’t keep thieves away.
Ann Picha is with Holy Spirit Church. She says the work the Knights do is invaluable.
“The Knights do a tremendous job of taking care of their items and having them secured,” said Picha. It’s really sad to us that someone would take the effort to steal from the church.”
The next big Bar-B-Que is scheduled this weekend for veterans at the V-A Hospital in Lancaster, but now it’s in jeopardy.
“The VA, we do it every year near Veterans Day and everybody looking forward to the Bar-B-Que and us visiting with them,” said Salazar. “We’re here to serve them, to serve God, and serve all of our community.”
The Knights of Columbus hope someone out there will have a change of heart and return the cooker.
“It’s very, very upsetting,” said an emotional Salazar. “I just wish whoever took it would please leave it somewhere. Call us.”
The Knights have filed a police report and vow to go forward with the cook-out for veterans this weekend.
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