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OKLAHOMA CITY-  Hannah Kinsey has been blind since birth.

She’s a senior, a vocal performance major at Southern Nazarene University.

She relies on her braille reader for her schoolwork, especially with finals just around the corner.

“It’s something that I use every day of my life for school work, and I can also get on the internet and different things like that with it, and it’s what I read books off of," Kinsey said. "I just do everything with that machine."

 But, late Tuesday night, someone stole it from her friend’s car while they were eating at Empire Slice in the Plaza District of Oklahoma City.

 Their car was parked in the Lyric Theatre parking lot.

 The thief stole Kinsey’s backpack, which contained not only her braille reader but her cane, as well.

 “My cane was in there, which is what I use to get around with,” Kinsey said. “I was mostly just shocked, especially during a season that I associate with giving.”

 Kinsey’s best friend, Catherine Etter, also had her laptop stolen.

 But, she’s especially mad about the things that were taken from Kinsey.

 “For her to lose something that is not of any value to anyone else but her...” Etter said.

 Surprisingly, though, Kinsey said she’s not mad at whoever did this.

 “I don’t hate the person at all," she said. "And, I forgive the person that did it. I just hope that maybe it helped them in some way to take my things."

 Kinsey and Etter are offering a $500 reward for the return of their computers with all data intact.

 They filed a report with Oklahoma City police.