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Ranch Oak Community Garden receives tank from Elgin man

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Neighbors who work in The Ranch Oak Community Garden are thrilled after receiving a new water tank donated by a 7 News viewer in Elgin.

He saw our story about the theft from the garden in a south Lawton neighborhood. Neighbors working in the garden noticed their tank had been stolen last night.Since word of the theft spread on Facebook and on 7 News, volunteers who work in the garden received phone calls, messages, and donations from people wanting to help them replace the tank.

Elgin native Phillp Kosechequetah was watching Good Morning Texoma when he heard about the stolen tank from the community garden.

"I thought you know what I've got an old water tank out there that I don't use anymore and I figured they could use it," Kosechequetah said.

He washed and cleaned up the tank and headed to Lawton to drop it off. He said hearing about the garden's purpose, neighbors helping neighbors, compelled him to help out.

"Its good for kids, its good for the seniors, it gets them out and keeps them active. Its just a good thing," Kosechequetah said.

Ranch Oak community leader Shauna Bradley couldn't thank Mr. Kosechequetah..enough... for the generous donation.

"You know what no one necessarily has to help and when they make the choice to do so...I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I love it," Bradley said.

"You know its always nice to see somebody smile knowing you did a good thing to help somebody else out," Kosechequetah said.

Bradley said she is overwhelmed with the support the neighborhood gardeners have received on social media.

"We've probably been offered about 10 tanks.....so that was the good thing we have other people that have donated to our Paypal account," Bradley said.

Ranch Oak will have a planning party and fundraiser this Saturday to talk about getting a shed, gardening supplies and a hopefully enough donations to build a fence around the lot. Kosechequetah says he is excited to help.

"Well I can't start something and not finish it so we will probably be around Saturday to see what we can contribute," Kosechequetah said.

Saturday's planning party fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on how to make a donation or volunteer, on The Ranch Oak Community Garden Facebook page.

Neighbors filed a police report. Lawton Police are investigating, but say it will be difficult to find the stolen tank because they're so common, and it didn't have any logos or markings on it.

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