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Damascus Community Rallies to Help Replace the Little Free Pantry After Theft

On Thursday night, somebody decided to steal the storage units which housed a privately funded pantry to help feed the needy on Faith Lane in Damascus. By 10:00 am, the community had rallied and raised almost $500 to help replace the storage boxes and re-stock the pantry.

Montgomery County Police confirmed that they received a report of a theft which occurred overnight on Friday, Jan. 4 on Faith Lane in Damascus.

Once word got out that the Little Free Pantry, which was organized and run by Damascus resident Mary Ann Glassic Varley, had been raided by a greedy thief, area resident Patricia Donham Brown set up a GoFundMe.com account to ask the community to help restock the pantry.

“The Little Free Pantry boxes were stolen last night!!!” wrote Donham Brown in the description of the GodFundMe page. “We all know how much time and effort Mary Ann puts into our community. Please donate what you can so we can buy new boxes!”

The Little Free Pantry consists of two storage units filled with non-perishable foods, diapers, and toiletries which were donated by community members which are usually free to anyone in need. As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $1,500 in donations.

Captions: The GoFundMe.com account set up to help replace the storage boxes and donated items to the Little Free Pantry in Damascus. The storage boxes and contents were stolen overnight on Friday, Jan 4.