Act of redemption, United Way of Southern Kentucky celebrates return of stolen tree

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-A local organization is celebrating the return of a stolen item, and those responsible have made it clear that they regret their actions.

Around 2 am this past Saturday, an 8 ft tree display in front of United Way of Southern Kentucky promoting the 211 service was stolen by 5 unknown individuals. As of Tuesday, the tree was returned to its rightful home.

Included was a note that reads “Dear United Way. We first would like to say we are truly sorry. This was a very immature decision, and we wish we could take it back. Here, we have returned the tree and we wish you all the best. Sincerely, idiots,”.

211 is a 24/7 call center that allows people to call with any need they may have, which is why Elizabeth Newbould is thrilled to see it return.

“We all make dumb decisions in our lives, and we all have to fess up and own up to them. We’re just glad that they decided to turn what could have been a sad situation having to turn and replace the tree last minute into a good one with it being back here to let people know about 211,” Newbould said.

Wednesday morning, United Way will work to get this tree back in the ground, and they’ll be dressing it with lights and ornaments. They would love volunteers to help.