DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Pastor Joe H. Moore preached forgiveness Sunday morning, despite being the victim of a burglary in which more than 100 backpacks for children in need were stolen.

Each year Calvary Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church hands out hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies.

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The church gathers supplies throughout the year and sells candy to help buy more supplies.

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But Thursday, a thief entered the church through a vent on the roof, dropped through the ceiling, then kicked in doors before ransacking the church. Not only did the thief take food meant for needy families but he took the hundreds of backpacks meant for children in need.

Surveillance cameras caught the entire crime on video.

Moore was devastated.

After hearing the story, concerned citizens and nearby businesses donated dozens of backpacks and supplies.

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“It brought joy, tears,” he said. “There is somebody out there that really cares in spite of what we are going through in our world. There’s still people who have a heart and have God in them.”

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By Sunday, the church was able to equip dozens of children in need with backpacks and supplies for the first day of school.

The message on Sunday was forgiveness.

“If Jesus forgave us, whey can’t we forgive others?” he said. “This is what we do. We preach forgiveness so we have to exercise what we preach.”

Moore even invited the suspect to attend his church.

The suspect has not been identified.

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