GUTHRIE, Okla. – A nice neighborhood gesture is targeted by vandals.
Meant to bring their block together, a Guthrie family fears what their kind act might bring to their front door.
It’s called the ‘Care Cabinet’, a product of Scott and Kelley Wyskiel’s year of giving.
“We’ve been doing a project to give back to the community once a month for the entire year,” Scott said. “People can come and take what they want, use what they need or leave something if they wish.”
Filled to the brim with canned foods, ramen noodles, books, diapers and baby food, the cabinet’s days on the block are numbered, thanks to those who take and toss.
It started weeks ago, when the Wyskiels spotted piles of trash around their neighborhood.
“We would find the baby food spilled in the street, squirted out,” Scott said. “We’d go around and pick up the trash.”
Surveillance cameras soon spotted their suspects.
The litterers turned out to be a group of kids who have since apologized.
But, in the days that followed, new vandals have taken on a threatening tone.
“Saturday night, we got a visit again,” Scott said. “They pulled their shirt over their head, which there was no need. It’s for them, as well. As they left, one of them came back, looked up at the camera and pointed at it. At that point, we realized this is where it ends.”
The vandals left a trail of trash outside a nearby junior high school.
Scott now hopes their mission to share can continue elsewhere in Guthrie.
“I’d like to re-home it for the safety of my home, the safety of my neighbor’s home,” he said. “I would be willing to go and install it wherever it goes.”