Wood Chapel Church sees outpour of support after donations for tornado victims are stolen

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - After a series of church break-ins over the last few weeks in the city's eastern suburbs, including one in Lee's Summit where thieves snatched supplies headed to tornado victims in Oklahoma, people around the metro jumped into action.

The Woods Chapel Church's robbed trailer is now almost completely full, thanks in part to people who had nothing to do with the church.

Craig and Janelle Brandon, whose two children go to the University of Oklahoma, had been heading up the donation effort for victims of tornadoes in Moore.

Craig said the man made off with mostly tools, gloves and other hardware. But with news reports of the theft came a huge outpouring of support.

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Sunday morning, they received hundreds of dollars in new donations, including from folks who said they heard about the thefts and drove out here to help.

"This morning we had a constant flow of people coming by and dropping off items for the effort, Craig said. "When people heard of what this guy had done, it really did touch a lot of people and the response has been very good."

The Brandons plan to drive their truck south on Tuesday afternoon.

Those who want to help finish filling that trailer can bring donations to the Woods Chapel Church in Lee's Summit, 4725 NE Lakewood Way.

Police are still looking for the perpetrator of this theft and 15 other church thefts in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS.

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