A silver lining for Lakewood tent city residents. A Toms River rental company is donating a brand new hydraulic wood splitter after the one they had, was stolen from the encampment site Tuesday night.

Also three tree removal companies are dropping off logs for heat supply. The original unit was changed to a tree so authorities believe someone came in with cutters to remove it.

The theft came just days after a judge ruled the 80 or so can stay put for now until a hearing can take place between both sides.  Local tree service companies sometimes donate trees for the firewood.  It’s up to the residents of tent city to split the wood that they can burn in their wood burning stoves.  At this point, they only have enough wood to get through about four days.

Homeless advocate Steven Brigham says “I appeal to the person or persons who took this.  It’s the lifeblood of our tent city. Please return it as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can give police information about the theft should call them directly at 732-363-0200.