|Published:||Aug 24, 2010 10:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 24, 2010 7:27 PM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Lehigh Acres church is left picking up the pieces after someone broke in and vandalized the church food bank.
First Baptist of Lehigh Acres volunteer Lois Collom walked in to startling sight on Saturday.
"It looked like they had unloaded the entire fire extinguisher in the room. It looked like someone had painted the room, it was coated all white," Collom said on Tuesday.
Collom was the first to find the church food bank vandalized. She said the normally tidy collection pantry was torn apart.
"They had kind of gone through our food, we couldn't tell what they had taken. But they just kind of made a mess of it," Collom recounted.
Residue from the fire extinguisher is still caked into the carpet, but to First Baptist Pastor Dax Urbina, the real mess revolves around who did it, and why.
"I believe it was basically an attack to the church itself. Not to the food pantry, but to the church itself. Why? I don't know," Urbina said Tuesday.
The vandalism didn't keep food bank volunteers from reopening on Tuesday, feeding some of the 600 families who count on them every week. As for the vandals, the church is choosing not to press charges. Instead, they're hoping for a heavenly intervention.
"We want them to change. To change their ways. Because if they change their ways, it's better for all of us," Urbina said.
Volunteers were able to clean up most of the mess, but they are looking for food donations from the public to make up for some of the losses experienced in the vandalism.
To help, you can drop off donations at the First Baptist food pantry, located at 1102 East Leeland Heights Boulevard in Lehigh Acres.