Community supports Honor Flight after donation jug stolen
COLUMBIA - The Columbia community came together to support the Central Missouri Honor Flight after someone stole its donation jug.
Cindy and Ross Mutrux from Mutrux Automotive presented the Central Missouri Honor Flight with a check for more than $6,000 Sunday following a March theft of its donation jug.
Someone took the jug from outside the Mutrux's auto shop during regular business hours and had around $200.
In the aftermath, the Columbia community banded together with an outpouring of donations ranging from children donating the contents of their piggy banks to inmate's in the Jefferson City Correctional Center giving their allowance.
Honor Flight director Steve Paulsell said this is another testament to the kind of people living in Columbia.
"It's really a statement of how much concern and commitment there is throughout central Missouri," he said. "It's not about us, it's about the community that consistently steps up and holds fundraisers or just makes individual contributions."
During the gathering, other organizations including the Belles of Liberty and the Midwest Infidels made contributions of more than $3,000 to the Central Missouri Honor Flight.
"It's an incredible tribute to these folks, so many of them have never be thanked. Most of these guys are Vietnam and Korean vets with a few from WWII. The Korea veterans were serving in a war no one really knew about and what little good our community does, we've changed that for them," Paulsell said.
The Honor Flight's next plane takes off May 25.