Trailer full of clothes for the homeless stolen from Valley View Church
Leaders at Valley View Church say they forgive those responsible and just want the trailer and clothes back.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A trailer full of clothes and blankets for the homeless was stolen from a southern Jefferson County church last week, according to police.
Every Monday night, hundreds of people living on the streets don't have to worry about where they're going to find dinner.
'Helping Hands' brings it to them.
The group, from Valley View Church, also collects things like coats and blankets for those living on the streets.
"A lot of people don't realize that they've got a warm bed to go to. These people ain't got no warm bed. They sleep either on the ground or on mats," said Helping Hands Director Dwight Reed.
But a trailer full of donations was stolen last week. The church keeps it at their food pantry house, which is next to the church.
Pastor Matt Morris says someone cut through a gate and the lock to take it. In grainy security video, you can see the trailer as it's pulled through the church parking lot.
"We don't know their circumstances but what we do know is we've already forgiven them," Morris said.
He says the person or people responsible are even welcome to come to church Sunday morning.
But he's also asking that they return the trailer and the clothes inside that could be helping hundreds.
"We have people that come here that have addictions of all kinds, mental illness and they don't know how to survive. If it weren't for the donations, people giving jackets and hats and gloves, they wouldn't survive," said a man who goes by 'Army John.' He tells us he's been living on the streets for about three years.
What may be considered meaningless to a thief could be priceless to others.
Helping Hands will keep passing out food to the homeless every Monday and hoping their trailer is returned.
If you have any information about the trailer or spot it, church officials ask that you call 502-935-5142.
You can also call the LMPD tip line at 574-LMPD.
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