Officials of Cristo Rey Ranch in Mount Calvary have reported the theft of hundreds of dollars worth of hay along with other items from its barn—including security cameras.

The ranch has programs which aim to provide a safe, trusting environment to promote the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of children and adolescents. Cristo Rey Ranch provides opportunities for youths to develop self-esteem, healthy and meaningful relationships with others, and instill a desire to make a positive difference in the world around them.

The ranch has been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 shutdown. Its main source of revenue comes from donations, fundraisers, and services. Tours, petting zoos, its respite program, and horse program have been shut down for the time being, meaning no revenue is being generated. Ranch officials also have cancelled their biggest fundraiser. The Animal Adventures on the Farm fundraiser brings nearly 1,000 people to the ranch and significantly funds several months of operational costs, which includes feeding and caring for its animals.

Officials said authorities have been notified of the theft and are investigating the situation. A reward is being offered to anyone who has information which leads to the arrest of the person(s) involved in the theft. They also are asking that people share news of the theft with others and call 920-753-1053 if they know anything or message Cristo Rey Ranch on its Facebook page.

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