Nonprofit ministry trying to replenish pandemic supplies after stock swiped


NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) — A non-profit ministry is trying to replenish their pandemic supplies for struggling community members after a man was caught on camera cleaning them out.

“I hope he’s going to share is the only thing that was going through my head,” Leslie Draper, founder and director of the Norman non-profit ministry My Lightworker Institute, told News 4. 

Draper is talking about a man captured on her surveillance camera. 

“You took enough supplies to take care of several families for several weeks, if not a couple of months,” she said. 

The supplies she’s referring to sit outside the building for people struggling due to the pandemic. 

“We had water, food, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and we had hygiene packs for women,” Draper said. “I’ve been offering the supplies since March and I’ve never anyone take more than what they needed for their individual family.”

In the footage, you see the man get out of his car and check out the supplies for a few minutes. 

“Went back to his car, thought about it a minute, then opened his trunk, came back, peaked in the window to make sure nobody was watching and then he cleaned us out,” Draper said. 

He took every last item, including over 50 rolls of toilet paper and Draper’s baskets. 

Draper told News 4 she pays for the items out of her own pocket. 

People who Draper has helped, like Kim Wooley, disheartened by the news but remaining hopeful that the items are being used for someone in need. 

“I hope that he had people in mind, that he was taking those things with good intentions,” Wooley told News 4. 

Draper is also hoping that’s the case. 

“I still believe in the good of all of this. I believe we’re in this together. So, I want to believe with everything in me that he took the entire supply to share it with other people, and that’s what I would ask him to do if he’s watching this,” Draper said. 

Draper has also been helping unemployed Oklahomans pay their bills during the pandemic.

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