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After Hope Center is vandalized with food from Little Free Pantry, pastor turns to forgiveness

A free outdoor food pantry that was created to help those in need was used as a tool to vandalize a local church, but one pastor is choosing love over hate.

Today a local pastor displayed the true meaning of forgiveness after seeing the Hope Center in North Tonawanda was vandalized with food that was inside the Little Free Pantry.

In a Facebook video, Pastor Chad explains that individuals smeared peanut butter that was inside the pantry (and meant for those in need) all over the front of the pantry and on the Hope Center. But instead of showing his distaste for their actions or pressing charges, he chose to publicly forgive them.

“The harboring of offenses in the human heart is the root of hate. Forgiving an offense turns something that has the potential to become a bitter root of hate into an act of love instead. That’s the way I want to live my life. No offenses. No hate. Just love,” he said.

We think that’s beautiful. If you would like to donate a nonperishable food item to the Little Free Pantry, you may do so at the following locations: Nash Road Church, 958 Nash Road, North Tonawanda; Lumber City Church/Hope Center, 383 Vandervoort in North Tonawanda; and the Imagine Community Gardens at 288 Sommer St., North Tonawanda.

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