AUGUSTA — The mystery of the missing blessing box door has been solved.
On Tuesday, Augusta Independent School Principal Robin Kelsch said the door was not stolen nor was it vandalized. It simply needing a replacement of the screws.
“The door was removed because the screws had come loose,” he said. “It’s being fixed and is about to go back up.”
The door of the box disappeared sometime last week, resulting in questions about its location.
The blessing box was built by Shelly and Roger Dwenger and decorated by Alison Bach’s fourth grade AIS class in October 2017 after one was installed in Maysville. According to Bach, she and the students saw the impact the box had on the citizens of Maysville and wanted to do something similar for the residents of Augusta.
“Over the summer, a blessing box was installed in Maysville,” she said in October. “I moved to Augusta in the spring, but every time I would visit Maysville, I would tell myself I was going to donate to it, but I never had the chance. It was doing so well, and I thought Augusta could use something like that.”
The Second Street location was chosen due to the amount of traffic in the area.
“We decided to put it there, because it’s a high-traffic area,” Back said. “It’s a good location for the community and the students. You may have students who know they’re having a hard time at home and could use some of the items inside the box. They may not grab it in front of their friends, but they’ll know where it is and they can come back later to get it.”
In October, Bach said each year her fourth-grade students will do a service project around Christmas, as a way to remind them that Christmas should be about giving.
“I brought the idea to the kids and I reached out to their parents,” she said. “I do this to remind them that Christmas is about giving and not getting.”
According to Bach, the box was filled with non-perishable food, hygiene, and other necessary items.
Back said students painted the box with their hand prints once construction was completed.