GARD Center Seeks Donations After Theft Disrupts Programs


June Jackson, Executive Director of the Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARDC), urges caution in purchases after a theft at Mercer Creek.

Thieves stole essential food, equipment, and donated items, disrupting training programs and causing property vandalism, which led to the cancellation of Monday’s sessions.

Despite the setback, Jackson reassured the public of the center’s commitment and appealed for donations. “We’ve graduated 8,000 young people. Any support, even $5, can make a difference,” she said.

The GARD Center is a premier training facility providing entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for youth and women.

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  1. If they make it easy to donate e.g. at multiple locations around or specific bank accounts online then am sure many people will try to help. We should spend more time uplifting the persons suffering from these crimes and give less attention to the troublemakers.

  2. Well never thought someone could breach one of those doors. Them doors have locks all in the floor.

  3. I mean, who sets up a business these days or build a house & don’t RIDDLE IT inside & out with on-line infrared cameras, motion detectors, & loud alarms, in addition to SOLID burglar bars & reinforced doors?? God has endowed us with the technology, why not utilize it? Prevention better than cure.

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