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PAWTUCKET, R.I. — "Have you found Jesus?" That's what employees at a Rhode Island soup kitchen are asking after a religious statue disappeared from the kitchen's garden.

Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti says on Wednesday that she last saw the statue, which depicts Joseph carrying the baby Jesus, on July 20.

Marchetti says the kitchen staff will take back the statue, no questions asked, and even offer a free meal to the person who returns it.

Marchetti says the 3-foot statue is made of plaster or a similar material and is not valuable.

She says the statue inspires the volunteers at the kitchen and brings "good mojo" to the garden where it has sat for six years.

Marchetti says it's possible someone took it to repair Joseph's head, which was coming loose.