NBC12 viewer helps repair food bank after break-in

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Back in August, burglars targeted a South Richmond food bank on multiple occasions, smashing the windows to get in.

Those windows are now fixed, thanks to an NBC12 viewer's generous donation - but the generosity doesn't end there.

"We are the highest food desert in Richmond," said Reverend Michael Sanders.

It's Sanders mission to change that. Every week, he helps feed more than 300 hundred families at Mt. Olive Food Pantry, but two months ago, someone broke in.

"We were shocked and dismayed, but again, things happen," said Sanders.

Luckily, no food was taken.

"It would have been devastating," said Sanders.

We brought you the story when the break-ins first happened. As a result, a generous viewer stepped up to help Mt. Olive make the building more secure.

"He didn't know us, he was just moved by the story from Channel 12."

The owners of Chamberlain Mechanical and Arlington Machine paid for the windows to be repaired and for steel bars to be placed over them. It's a job that would have cost the pantry thousands of dollars. Pastor Sanders says he's grateful.

"We thank him a thousand times," said Sanders.

A spokesperson for the company says they are happy to help.

"Our family has been extremely blessed, and we have had great people who have worked with us over the years, so it is extremely nice for us to be able to give back to those who don't have the ability," said Clint Chamberlain, Chamberlain Mechanical/Arlington Machine.

It's generosity that Pastor Sanders won't soon forget.

"We look at it as angels of the lord watching over us," said Sanders.

Only two windows were broken, but the company wanted to make sure this never happens again, so they are putting bars on every window here at the food pantry.

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