times are tough, but Pastor David Gingerich didnt think
thieves would actually take from the church. He was wrong.
Sometime between Sunday, August 14 when the doors were closed
after services at the Cross Plains Baptist Church until Wednesday,
August 17 when they were back in the church, someone or ones
had broken into the food pantry.
According to Pastor Gingerich, there were several hundred dollars
worth of food and commodity items stolen including a variety
of paper products, meat from the freezer, and other food items.
The pastor is asking other churches, individuals, businesses
or organizations to help them replenish their pantry, which
was fully stocked at the time of the robbery. He noted that
so many people are in need and this criminal act has hurt the
people who need it the most.
If you can donate to the pantry, contact the pastor at 812-667-4962
or pantry volunteer Ann at 812-667-1044. You can send monetary
donations to the Cross Plains Baptist Church, PO Box 52, Cross
Plains, IN 47017.
Pastor Gingerich told The Versailles Republican that
if the person or persons involved in the robbery would have
just come to them, they (the food pantry) would have helped
with their needs. There was no need to steal, he
The initial idea of the food pantry was to help people who possibly
get food stamps who cant afford to purchase paper and
cleaning products. It has grown to include food items to meet
the needs in the area.
The Ripley County Sheriffs Office is investigating the
incident. If you have any information regarding the robbery,
please contact Sheriff Tom Grills at 812-689-5555 or 689-5558.