Stolen Leprechaun Returned To Colorado Springs Nonprofit

Credit: Marie Bryan
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A local nonprofit is feeling fortunate after reuniting with a 7-foot tall, wheelchair-bound wooden leprechaun.

According to a news release Tuesday, Lucky was found in a dumpster and returned some 72 hours after he was reported stolen by The Independence Center, which provides services for people with disabilities. His return is timely, as he is set to be the centerpiece of the organization's float in the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Except for a broken handle on his wheelchair, he was found unharmed.

A campaign to find Lucky started after he was taken from an employee's backyard, where he was being stored. The employee called businesses and placed "missing" signs near her home and asked people to keep an eye out for Lucky.

"That's one thing about Colorado Springs, is that we really have a huge sense of community here," Marie Bryan, the employee, said in a statement. "We all have each other's backs. Everyone was willing to look."

Lucky's wheelchair is symbolic.

"It doesn't matter if you are in a wheelchair; it doesn't matter what type of disability you have," Byran said. "You can still get out and have fun and participate in things in your community. Participation in this parade is a big thing for consumers of The Independence Center. That's why we got into the parade in the first place, because we're not any different even though we may have disabilities."