Tools stolen from Habitat for Humanity construction site

The current building site for Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region’s latest project, located on Rose Abbey Drive, where tools were discovered to have been stolen on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. Photo via Habitat for Humanity.

Nearly $4,000 worth of tools have been stolen from a Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region construction site on Rose Abbey Drive.

Staff and Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity found a large number of tools and equipment had been stolen from the tool trailer on their current building site, pictured above. Photo via Habitat for Humanity.

According to a release from Habitat, the theft was discovered on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, when staff and volunteers arrived to work on at the site, which is located in Kingston’s east end. Workers noticed that tools were missing from the construction tool trailer on-site, Habitat stated in the release. The tools and supplies stolen include saws, drills, batteries and chargers, and even first aid supplies.

Using volunteers to help build, Habitat for Humanity constructs homes in partnership with people in our community who need safe and affordable housing. The current construction project is on Rose Abbey Drive, where the roof is being put on four new townhomes which will be completed this summer, according to the release. (See photos of a pre-constructed roof being hoisted onto the frame of a house at the site here.)

“The pandemic has hit charities hard, limiting typical fundraising opportunities and the related supply chain issues for construction materials and products have caused incredible cost increases and delays. The last thing we needed was to have the added expense of replacing our tools,” stated Cathy Borowec, CEO of Habitat Kingston Limestone Region.

The tools are marked ‘HFHK’ in black with fluorescent orange paint. Anyone with information on the theft of the tools or their current location is asked to contact the office of Habitat for Humanity Kingston at 613-548-8763. The local Habitat for Humanity chapter has also filed a report of the theft with Kingston Police. Information regarding the theft or current location of the stolen items can also be submitted to police by calling the Kingston Police general number, 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and referencing report #22-3549. Tips can also be made anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number and requesting to remain anonymous.

In the meantime, Habitat is seeking donations to help their home construction to continue.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region and how to donate to their project on their website.

A bird’s eye view of the Habitat for Humanity Kingston and Limestone Region building site on Rose Abbey Drive on the day the roof frames were hoisted onto the townhouses. Photo via Habitat for Humanity.

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