$1,000 stolen from church collection box meant for Haiti victims - FOX 35 News Orlando

$1,000 stolen from church collection box meant for Haiti victims

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Deputies are trying to find a thief accused of stealing $1,000 from a church collection box for Haiti earthquake victims.

Pastor Jean Theagene of Great Commission Haitian Baptist Church says it was like someone ripped open his heart when he discovered all the money was taken out of their collection box.

"We call it a piggy bank so to speak. We use it to buy food and clothes for the needy people. Because we have people that came from Haiti."

He refers to victims who survived the Haiti earthquake back in 2010. Theagene says some victims came to Central Florida to seek refuge and are now getting help from the church.

"We have a lot of them here and some of them cannot work due to being paralyzed. So we use this money to assist them."

According to Theagene, about $1,000 was taken out of the box. "Its affecting a lot of other people who depend on that money."

The money was going to be used to buy food for around 100 people at the church. "We have 18 cents left in our bank account. So this means you can't buy food for them? No. And we have some families with like five kids."

The burglar apparently got into the building by breaking a window to the church.

Although seeing the needy victims without funds breaks his heart, he has faith it will work out.

"This is God's business. I believe someone may be out there, and God will use them as a good Samaritan to help those people."

Meanwhile, he has a message to the thief who took off with the money. "Bring that money back please. Bring it back."

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office. If you're interested in donating to the Great Commission Haitian Baptist Church, call 407-230-1842. Donations also can be dropped off at the church at 6013 Old Winter Garden Road.

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