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Thieves steal backpacks but giveaway goes on as planned

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Thieves couldn't steal one church's desire to get kids off to school with all the essentials.

Calvary Philadelphia Baptist Church in East Oak Cliff was broken into overnight Thursday. The thieves got in through vents and got away with cash and a collection of backpacks filled with school supplies. The backpacks were intended for kids who might otherwise do without.

"I was really sad. My heart was heavy," said church member Gena Bell.

But hope wasn't lost. Thanks to members of the community and other church's the backpack giveaway went on as planned Sunday.

"We had school supplies left over from our school drive and so when we had left over and there was another church in need, we had to help out," said Kyle Welsh, the youth minister at Tyler Street United Methodist Church in Dallas.

In his Sunday sermon, Pastor Joe Moore asked church members to forgive those who broke in and stole from them. He also insisted on one other thing.

"It's a joy to see the children, putting it in their hands. It's for them and not the adults and the people who have given I want them to see where it's going," said Pastor Joe Moore. Church member Jacquoline Range brought her school-aged niece.

Even though I'm not a member of the church, we still get school supplies. I really needed a backpack so I was able to get it," said Makayla Tolbert.

"The community gave back and we thank God for that," said Bell.

So far no arrests have been made, but Pastor Moore says they do have surveillance video of the thieves and he hopes it will help police track down those responsible.

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