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Vandals damage Baptist church in south Phoenix

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It's a popular south Phoenix church known for helping thousands of families. But overnight, vandals hit the church, breaking out windows and causing hundreds of dollars in damage.

The shattered windows have left church members shaken.

It's the first time South Phoenix Baptist Church has been vandalized. It's been around for more than 50-years.

The windows are dual-pane security windows -- which means it must've took a lot of force to break them.

"I've never never seen anything like this," says Lillian Black of South Phoenix Baptist Church.

She found out Wednesday morning. Still, she didn't cancel this morning's senior workout class.

The ladies rallied and stepped over broken glass to get into the gym.

"What a shame. Why would people do something like that? The hand that's feeding you, then you would bite the hand that's fed you. It's just not right."

The vandal also broke the windows of the church's food van. The van picks up food at a food bank and brings the food back to the church. Church members hand out free food to hundreds of people at least twice a week.

"You always hope that when you're helping people they'll do better, so whenever I see something of this nature it makes me feel bad that I'm not reaching somebody," says Reverend Bernard Black.

Reverend Black has been with the church for almost 50-years. He just can't figure out why someone would want to hurt the church.

"You never know who is irate and didn't get some food or something."

It'll cost hundreds of dollars to fix -- money that could have been spent buying food or clothes for people in need.

"They damaged not only the church but they damaged the community because this church does a lot for the community. So they're damaging themselves as well," says Black.

Despite what has happened, the church will continue to hand out food boxes Thursday morning. Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix Police.

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