Community replenishes donations stolen from church

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River church had roughly half of its parish food collection stolen last week, and the surrounding community has since responded in a big way.

The Blessed Trinity Church runs an annual food drive, and on Dec. 16 – thieves ransacked the supply. The church serves as a polling place, and that was the day of the city’s mayoral recall election.

Since that day, city residents have dropped off more than 100 bags and boxes of food. Others have brought cash or gift cards to help purchase even more food. Altogether, the church has received more donations than was originally collected.

Pastor Rob Nemkovich said he’s overwhelmed by the response from the community.

“Emotions ran the whole gamut, from being sad and aggravated that someone would take from the needy, to the response was overwhelming,” he said. “Overwhelming, as people kept coming, people kept giving and giving, even today we still have had several people come by and drop off even more food.”

Pastor Nemkovich said all of the donations will go towards providing food for needy people across Fall River.

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