LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A global organization with roots in Fort Myers, suffered a blow this week. ECHO's mission is to give people across the world skills to feed themselves and fight hunger. But a thief is making that more difficult. Someone stole two carts, worth thousands of dollars. It could pose a serious setback.
Stan Doerr is passionate about produce.
"We work with about 145 countries and literally thousands of organizations that come to ECHO," Doerr said.
He's the president and CEO of the company, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization.
People all over the world rely his education and plants to fight hunger. But someone has made that job more difficult by stealing the organization's gas-powered golf cart and a Honda chuck wagon.
"Its disappointing. It's worth well over $10,000 and, in these difficult times, especially in the summer time, its difficult to be able to meet our financial obligations," Doerr explained.
ECHO does not receive any government funding. They thrive specifically on donations. That's why the organization's CEO says this crime can really set them back.
Doerr says it's not just the money that's the issue, but the concept. No matter what, he says he wont let that stop them from changing the world.
"We're also recognizing that as a faith-based organization, that God provides the resources that we need," said Doerr.
If you have any information about the crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.