Warren, Michigan (FOX 2) – The Harvest Time Christian Fellowship’s food pantry storage bins were destroyed in a bombing that damaged not only the charity but also those in the community who needed it most.
A fire broke out on the Nine Mile between Van Dyke and Federal on Saturday night, causing extensive damage.
“We bless our communities with about 75,000 pounds of food a month,” said Reverend Curtis Ostosh. It’s a poor zip code.”
But after the incendiary, the leaders of this church rely on divine intervention for guidance
“We’ve probably lost 80% of the food we have now,” he said. “We are sourcing food from deciduous and different sources, but it will be very difficult to provide in the short term.”
Fire still under investigation
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said, “We believe it was not an accident, it was arson. We are now trying to get video from one of the city’s buildings to help with the investigation.”
This is not the first time the Church has faced adversity.
“I’ve had thieves in the past. An air conditioner was stolen at one point, and a delivery van was stolen overnight a few years ago,” the pastor said.
But on Monday community members showed up to donate to the church.
“It is our duty to help each other,” says Candy of Heritage Pantry.
Chandi was one of many who donated food to help the church continue its food distribution.
“You are welcome to stick together,” she said. “Become a servant of God who delivers food from the Heritage Pantry.”
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Reverend Curtis said he would forgive those who were responsible, but made it clear that his vocation to serve would not be broken.
“We’ve been here 31 years in September,” he said. “If you have anything to say about it, I’ll be here 31 more times.”
For more information Visit Harvest Time’s Food Pantry, or if you’d like to help out, go here.