by Keith Beebe
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Method-ist Church members earlier this month put together several themed gift baskets for the church’s Beef Supper and Bazaar on Oct. 15. The baskets, which included themes such as “Girly Girl,” “Boys Toys,” “Car Care,” “Apple Orchard,” “Pet Care,” “Soup of the Month,” “Pie of the Month,” and “Chocolate,” were meant to help raise additional money during the Church’s annual Beef Supper.
Those baskets went missing sometime between 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and 8 a.m. Oct. 3.
“It was thought that the baskets had been put away somewhere for safekeeping. But the more we looked around and could not locate the baskets, the more concerned we became,” Kaneville Methodist Church member Sandy Gould said. “After many phone calls to those involved, by about 10 a.m. Monday morning it was confirmed that the baskets had been taken.”
Church members then put a dollar value on the missing baskets before reporting the theft to police the next day.
Basketless and with the Beef Supper and Bazaar less than 12 days away, a member of the church got on Facebook and put up a message stating how sad she felt that someone would steal from her little country church. Other members were so stunned, no decision was even made as to whether or not the church should attempt to replace the theme baskets in time for the supper.
“With all the talk among members, the exposure on Facebook, and friends of friends being concerned, new baskets began arriving in about five days,” Gould said.
The church received a whopping 32 baskets in time for the Beef Supper and Bazaar. The church also received a $200 donation from a man who isn’t even a member of Kaneville Methodist Church.
According to Gould, the final income total from the baskets won’t be known until the church’s drawing on Nov. 6.
“The unhappy result of this incident is that our little local church, which has been open to all, is now being locked every night,” Gould said. “And if someone needs to gain entrance for any reason, he must first think ahead and secure a key from the pastor to enter. This saddens the hearts of the members of the Kaneville Methodist Church, as we like to be ‘open’ to any and all.”
Despite her weariness, Gould also had plenty of praise for the generosity of the community.
“The outpouring of love and concern from members, and people who were not known to the Kaneville Church, has been awesome,” she said. The annual Beef Supper, Bazaar and gift baskets were a great success because of the love shown by God’s people. Thank you, each and every one.”