March of Dimes garage sale continues despite trailer theft

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Rosanne Walker and her family host biannual garage sale fundraisers in Lubbock to benefit the March of Dimes.

Their last sale was in September, and their next garage sale was scheduled for Friday.

But Walker says a trailer stocked full of donated items for their garage sale was stolen in front of her mother's home on Thursday.

"It's heartbreaking to think of the stuff that people gave to us...trusted that we would do good with it," Walker said.

Walker's mother, Melinda Adams, said she left her house for about an hour and a half Thursday, and when she returned, the trailer was gone.

The trailer held many valuable items donated to the garage sales, including furniture. It also had tools and one of Adams' daughter's artwork and keepsakes.

"It's probably sitting in a dumpster somewhere, or someone else is selling it for their own profit when we just wanted to donate to the March of Dimes," Walker said. "It's tough just to think that's been stolen from the babies."

Her neighbors watched the incident happen, Adams said, and thought the trailer was being taken by her husband. They say they saw two Hispanic men in a green truck with chrome railings hook up the trailer and drive away. Adams filed a police report shortly after.

Adams and Walker were able to gather donations and had other items for sale located in another garage. They are still hosting the sale on Friday until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3317 55th Street. They are accepting any donated items.

Walker hosts the fundraisers in honor of her son Kole, who she gave birth to at 28 weeks in 2006. He died 12 hours later.

Walker's family was in a dark spot after that, she said, and needed a way to honor him. They formed Team Kole, and have been the top March of Dimes family team in Lubbock for the past two years. Last year they raised about $5,300.

Team Kole accepts donations year round.

"We're reaching out and hoping and praying that what we went through doesn't happen to another family," Walker said. "We would do anything to not have someone else go through that."

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