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I was shocked that people would choose an orphanage to feed their greed but seconds later I blamed myself for thinking that it wouldn't happen to us," explained [Larry Boggs], executive director and owner of Eagle's Nest Camp and Children's Orphanage. "We had two armed guards in place since the first robbery and they had a trained dog at their disposal. At the time of the intrusion, the dog was still in his pen and the guards were surprised by the multiple intruders.
COVER FOCUS By Natalia Kosk Operation Security Blanket DMP leads project to help the children I t took four days of heavy lifting, construction, wiring, climbing ladders and drilling to complete the security system installation at the Eagles Nest Camp and Children’s Orphanage in Guatemala. But much more went into Operation Security Blanket then just four days of sweat and labor. For nearly 30 years Claire and Larry Boggs have product architect, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), Springfield, Mo., who became the director of Operation Security Blanket, that really got the project headed in the right direction. “My daughter went on a high school missions trip to Guatemala and my wife was a chaperone on that trip,” explained Hillenburg. “So they had been there and been operating the orphanage in Guatemala in which seen the kids and the children’s home. Later that year they try to find adoptive U.S. families for the children. the Bogg’s came to visit our church and we had them But a burglary in 2002 at their orphanage in Sololá over for dinner. We just started talking about security found both of them at gunpoint, followed by another and the needs of the children’s home. The more we burglary which left the Bogg’s picking up the pieces talked, the more I thought we could make this come a second time. It didn’t take much persuading on together to meet their needs.” anyone’s part to convince them that a security system Wasting no time, Hillenburg set out to address the was of dire necessity for the orphanage. security needs of the Bogg’s orphanage in Guatemala. “I was shocked that people would choose an In the months leading up to the installation process, orphanage to feed their greed but seconds later I which took part around the end of March 2009, blamed myself for thinking that it wouldn’t happen Hillenburg worked to spread the word on the project to us,” explained Larry Boggs, executive director and while raising the funds necessary to get all installers owner of Eagle’s Nest Camp and Children’s Orphanage. and volunteers of the project to the shelter. “We had two armed guards in place since the first High Street Baptist Church sponsors the orphanage robbery and they had a trained dog at their disposal. and supports them every month and a few of the people At the time of the intrusion, the dog was still in his that went on the trip are part of that church and that pen and the guards were surprised by the multiple was part of the process of getting the trip put together, intruders. What was going through my mind was ‘we according to Hillenburg. The church sponsored the can’t fight this.’” planning
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