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Birmingham councilor says she will help repair senior center garden damaged by vandals

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Vandals entered the garden by cutting a chain link fence. Source: WBRC video Vandals entered the garden by cutting a chain link fence. Source: WBRC video
Vandals also toppled cement planters, stole a cement bench and tore up some pavers. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC Vandals also toppled cement planters, stole a cement bench and tore up some pavers. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
One senior says he's afraid to plant again. Source: WBRC video One senior says he's afraid to plant again. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A Birmingham councilor has stepped up to help repair a senior center vegetable garden damaged by vandals.

The morning of Friday, March 7, residents found that someone had ruined their garden. But help is on the way. Saturday, Birmingham Councilor Kim Rafferty contacted FOX6 News to tell us she would secure funding to repair the garden "through discretionary allocation."

Resident Jerry Griffin says he couldn't believe what he saw at the garden Friday morning.

 "I looked out the window, went out there. It was cut. Somebody got some wire cutters," resident Jerry Griffin said.

Part of the chain link fence around the Shepherd Center East vegetable garden had been cut and things were in disarray. The non-profit provides a place for active seniors to engage in the community and with each other.

"Really disgusting," Griffin said of the situation.

Center employees says vandals broke apart one cement bench, stole another bench, toppled some planters and pulled up some cement stepping stones.

It all left Griffin asking why someone would target a garden? He says it's a beloved project of the seniors.

"I think really it's somebody that don't like, to me, don't want senior citizens to have nothing," Griffin said.

"I'm horrified. I just can't imagine why people in this community want to treat the seniors of Shepherd Center in this manner," Mackie Horowitz, Director of the Shepherd Center East, said.

Horowitz says the garden was funded by local agencies, businesses and the city. She says the damages are estimated to cost $500 to $1,000 and they are repairs the center can't afford.

"I think the community needs to know what has happened out here. Maybe they can rally together and see what they can do to help. These seniors are good people, they've given to the community. I think it's devastating," Horowitz said.

Griffin and the seniors were about to start planting for the spring, but now he's thinking twice about it.

"I'm kind of scared now. Why would you? They'll cut the fence and get what you planted," said Griffin.

Horowitz says someone damaged the garden about four years ago a that's when the fence was put up around it. But, unfortunately, that didn't stop it from happening again.

Officials with the Shepherd Center filed a police report with the Birmingham Police Department, hoping the vandals will be caught. If you have any information in the case, please call police.

If you would otherwise like to make a donation to help repair the garden, please contact the Shepherd Center East at 205-836-3246.

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