The freezer filled with hamburger is empty.
More than two dozen boxes of food packaged for families in need are gone.
But in this season of giving, the Rev. Jackie Carter of First Metropolitan Community Church wants to give the burglars who stole equipment and food earlier this week the benefit of the doubt.
"Good people make bad decisions sometimes," Carter said. "We don't know what drives them to make those decisions.
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"We can only hope they get in a better place and make better decisions next time."
Someone broke a window of the church at 156 S. Kansas early Tuesday. Along with the food, Carter said, the thieves took "anything that was electronic" — including a generator, microphones and all of the church's audio-visual equipment.
"Perhaps they want to start their own church," Carter joked.
The church, which has a congregation of about 150 people, has insurance.
"It certainly won't replace any of the food, and there's all kinds of things that it won't cover," Carter said. "We're going to make the best of this, and somehow or another it'll come around."
The church hands out boxes of food every Tuesday to anyone who wants one. Those who would like to donate food to the pantry can drop food off at the church, Carter said. They can also donate money by going to the church's website.
"It's devastating right now, but it's still going to be OK," Carter said.