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Thieves take scooter monk used to deliver quilts

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Thieves have stolen a small scooter a monk in southwest Missouri used to deliver quilts to people in need at hospitals and convalescent homes.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Father Joseph McCormack, a monk in the Eastern Orthodox order, used the scooter to deliver quilts part of the Healing Quilt Project of the Ozarks. The project provides quilts for people who are ill and creates memorial quilts honoring people who have died.

But the scooter was stolen from outside his home this week, leaving McCormack to travel by foot and sometimes on buses. He's canceled events at schools and cannot make quilt deliveries because the scooter was his main transportation.

McCormack says he believes if the thieves knew what good he was trying to do they wouldn't have taken it.

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