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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City pastor is turning what happened to his church into a way to give back to the community. Pastor Jimmy Woods says Bethel Missionary Baptist Church has bounced back.

The church partnered with Ramirez Roofing and Repair to offer a wide-spread that included roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and all the traditional holiday fixings. The church hosted the community-wide dinner Christmas Eve, for the community near the church at East 18th and Spruce Avenue.

The pastor says he wasn’t sure his church would be able to provide this Christmas Eve dinner because back in November, thieves hit this church not once, but twice. Stolen trash cans, an air conditioner, even food from the children’s kitchen; on the second go-round, someone stole the church’s van, which is used to take people to and from service.

The pastor says since that time though, they’ve gotten the van back and have received so many blessings, which allows them to in turn, pay it forward, in the form of a Christmas Eve community dinner.

“We had no idea that we’d be able to accomplish it, but through it all, the Lord continues to provide and we’re grateful,” Pastor Woods said.

The church partnered with Ramirez Roofing to make this possible. They’re offering food, and some warm clothing and toys, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.