Food Drive Planned to Help Food Pantry Targeted By Thieves

UPDATE 9/3/14 @ 11:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Just one day after a food pantry lost thousands of dollars worth of food during a burglary, some young volunteers are stepping in to help.

The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will be holding a food drive to support the food pantry.

The burglary happened sometime Monday night into Tuesday morning at the Christian Service Center along Route 16 in Clay County.

Items can be dropped off at 321 Virginia Street West in Charleston between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on September 3, 4, 5 and 8.

The Girl Scouts will handle transport of the food items to the pantry on September 9th. Donations may also be made directly to the pantry.

CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of families will have to find another way to put food on their tables, because the food pantry that provides many of their meals was burglarized overnight.

"Then I opened the freezer. It's empty except for -- they left me a cake and a bag of blueberries," Freda Auxier, owner of the Christian Service Center said.

Stunned by how much was missing, Auxier started looking around the rest of the food pantry -- only to find more of the same.

Shelves, tables and several freezers and refrigerators were emptied or at least half emptied sometime through the night.

"You feel violated. It's a horrible sinking feeling. It's kind of hopeless," Auxier said.

Auxier has owned the Christian Service Center in Clay County for more than 20 years. She can't remember a time when anything was stolen, until now.

"Whole hams, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs," Auxier said.

The list goes on. Overall, thousands of dollars worth of food is gone. It's simply too much to restock in time for their next giveaway next week. Now, 200 families will have to find food somewhere else.

"They have little children to feed," Auxier said. "They don't know how to explain to the kids that there's not gonna be something on the table."

All because her generosity was taken for granted.

"I don't resent that they have the food if they're hungry and if it's for a community of people who are hungry," Auxier said. "If they would have told me I'd have given it to them. So that's what hurts"

In the meantime, Auxier will try to restock as much as possible, but she says realistically she just doesn't think they can come even close to supplying what they had.

A lot of what was taken was what they'd been stocking up for the upcoming holidays.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Auxier was waiting for police to stop by the pantry so she could file an official report.

The Christian Service Center is located at 13922 along Rt. 16 in Clay County. The number is (304) 587-7896.

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