LAWTON, Okla. – This holiday season was supposed to be especially exciting for one Oklahoma family.
Tim Cooper had just purchased a home in Lawton and was preparing to move in after Thanksgiving. However, vandals got to the home first.
Although there was nothing inside the home to steal, family members say the vandals attempted to destroy or damage as much as they could.
When the family arrived at the home, they realized that someone had thrown pain all over the house and even punched holes in the walls.
“It’s very hard,” Benny Roberts, the homeowners’ stepfather, told KSWO. “I’m not as young as I used to be, so it kind of hurts.”
Family members say they have made it their mission to get their son, his wife and their four children moved into the home by Christmas.
Now, they’re asking for the community’s help.
“The walls are textured, but we need people to help sand them down because they have to be sanded down and then wiped down with a damp cloth before we can start putting on the paint,” said Roberts. “The more the merrier. If we can get help with stuff like that. If we could get a couple contractors that would like to volunteer, there’s a couple that said they would on Facebook. We’re going to need some help laying the laminate flooring.”
The family says they will forgive the vandals if they accept responsibility and come to help in the cleanup efforts.
“Step up and come forward,” said Roberts. “If nothing else, come forward and volunteer some time to fix what y’all have broke. What y’all have damaged. Take some of the pressure off for us.”
Police are still investigating the case.