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By Allen Edmonds

If you’ve stopped in to Tara’s on Main Street in Belton, anytime in the past several years, you’ve met Trena Slater.

(Courtesy photo) Trena Slater visits Scooter’s Coffee in Belton earlier this summer on her prized scooter. Unfortunately, the scooter was stolen at her home in August, and Jack Burdick, franchise owner at Scooter’s, is leading the charge to pay for a replacement scooter with a donation day at his coffee shop this Sunday, Oct. 8. Scooter’s Coffee, at 211 E. North Ave., will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

And if you know Trena, you also know how much she loved her sticker-covered scooter she traversed the town on, as long as the weather was bearable. Lately, one of her favorite destinations was, appropriately, Scooter’s Coffee on North Avenue.

But last month, her prized scooter was stolen from her residence. And Scooter’s Franchise Owner Scott Burdick just doesn’t feel it’s right to see her lining up at the drive-through in anything but her favorite mode of transportation.

“I don’t know much about Trena, always such a bright smile. And I do know that scooter is the joy of her life. It was Trena,” Burdick said. “So I started thinking, how can we do something about this?”

Burdick landed on a plan to use Scooter’s to generate goodwill and, hopefully, donations to replace Trena’s scooter.

“I finally said, ‘I don’t know, but we’re going to do it anyway.’”

So this Sunday, Oct. 8, Scooter’s drive-through customers will be given the opportunity to donate to a fund Burdick has launched to replace the vaunted scooter. And it’s his hope to be able to present Trena with a brand new scooter at closing time Sunday night, 8 p.m.

“Trena needs a new scooter,” Burdick said, and he aims to make it happen on Sunday.

There will be a donation box at the drive-through, and he urges everyone to pitch in on the project.

Though Slater at first told Burdick that there was so many other people that needed help, “I just told her that, you know, taking someone’s joy in life, that’s what makes this important. And we’ll have fun with it,” he said.


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