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OKLAHOMA CITY — Carolyn Herr’s 1989 van, affectionately nicknamed “the Beast,” was stolen out of her driveway a week ago. So far, police have not been able to locate it. “I’ve called the police every day,” Herr said. “No sign and it’s so big!”

Herr runs a charity called HERR Projects. 

She crochets six hours a day and then sells her wares at the OSU/OKC Farmer’s Market; 100 percent of her profits go to helping the homeless. 

She uses the van to haul her goods to market as well as to take clothes and food downtown to the homeless. 

“I must’ve had 20 people offer me rides. I had a girl scout troop want to know, did they need to help carry my stuff to the market for me.”

But on Monday, Herr got a big surprise. 

First Presbyterian Church of Edmond gave a van, remarkably similar to the stolen one, to Herr. 

“I can’t believe this! I mean, I believe it. I do believe it. But this is so wonderful!” Herr said.

The van had been donated to the church a couple months ago. 

“Because of it’s size, it’s not what everybody’s looking for so we were just waiting for the perfect fit. I think we found it,” Randy Rognas said, who drove the van to Herr’s home from the church.

The van may need a new alternator but Robert Trowbridge, with Edmond Auto Electric, has volunteered to fix that problem for Herr for free.