Anderson Co. special needs center receives $600 in donations after stolen swing

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Arc Center of Anderson County said they received $600 in donations after their swing was stolen in September.

A swing was stolen from the Anderson County Arc Center. / Source: (WVLT/ Arc)

The center said they weren't holding a fundraiser, but people decided to donate anyway after the story of the stolen swing got out.

Organizers said they're looking at purchasing a new swing after receiving the donations, but the kids have been staying busy in the meantime making crafts to sell at the Oak Ridge Pilot Craft Fair.

The Arc Center says they serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

'With more than 140,000 members and nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, we are on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community."

Arc center employees say the swing's disappearance has left the kids who frequent the Arc Center missing a source of comfort.

"The swing was something that the kids raised money for and purchased for their program," said Glenda Bergener, Executive Director at Arc. "It is heavily used by all of the kids and to have it missing will certainly cause a huge disruption for them as it is a source of comfort for them. We have had an outpouring of support from the community and we are hoping to be able to get a new swing soon."

Police said they have not identified any suspects in the case.

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