To Whoever Took The Fuel For The Camp Out Hunger Generator, We Hope You Really Needed It
Hey, friends, Matty here, and realistically this is pretty much my fault- as most things usually are.
We kicked off Camp Out Hunger earlier today and, as you can imagine, I spend quite a bit of time up here at the site (Sam's Club parking lot) yesterday setting things up and getting ready.
One of the most important pieces of the Camp Out Hunger, aside from all of the food donations from the community, is the POWER. We can't do anything up here without electricity. We have multiple campers to keep warm and two radio stations to keep on the air while we broadcast live from the parking lot.
Yesterday while I was setting up I got the primary and backup generators unloaded and staged next to our big U-Haul trucks and ran all the cords I was going to need to power everything up. Here's where I made my critical error. I unloaded five 5 gallon fuel jugs from the back of my truck and placed them next to the generators. 4 of them were empty and 1 was completely full.
I finished setting up the things I needed to, and then left to run back across town to the radio station for a few more odds and ends. About 25ish minutes later when I came back to Camp Out Hunger HQ, I parked my truck over by the generators and that's when I noticed it. While I was gone, somebody had gone by the compound, seen the fuel cans, and took the only one that was full of fuel.
I thought maybe I was crazy and I had left the full one in our supply trailer or the bed of my truck, but nope.. it was taken.
To be honest, I'm not even mad. A little disappointed, but not angry. We're here at this event to do some good for the people of Central Maine that need the help. And, while this isn't a gasoline drive, at the end of the day we're here to help.
I just hope that whoever took it didn't just take it because it was there and they didn't think they'd get caught. I hope whoever took it was in a real bind. The kind of bind where they would never normally think of doing something like that but, at the end of the day, they felt it was their only choice. At least if that's the case, instead of being mad, I would feel a little bit better knowing that, in a roundabout way, we helped somebody out.