Community gives back to Santa's Pantry in Elkhart

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Elkhart, Ind. A local charity got a helping hand Saturday when an act of vandalism turned into a learning opportunity at Santa's Pantry in Elkhart.

At the end of last month, the non-profit's building was vandalized with graffiti and Director Debbie Micola didn't know where to turn.

"I was really upset when I first saw it," Micola said. "I was kind of devastated because being a non-profit we don't have the money to repaint buildings and things like that so I really didn't know what we we're going to do."

But a Facebook post about the vandalism led to a response she never dreamed of.

"The next thing you know, all these people were coming forward and saying, 'Hey, you guys helped the community, we want to help you.'"

Individuals and groups from all over came out to help repaint the building on Elkhart's west side Saturday morning.

"I really thought that we would be here all day and all night to get this done," Micola said. "This morning people just started rolling in - a lot of people just started coming in and we're going to have it done within just a few hours, it's just amazing,"

Santa's pantry promotes the concept of "paying it forward" with acts of kindness in the community.

"It doesn't have to cost a lot of money, they can just do something like this and just help paint and that can be an act of kindness," she said.

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