Watertown church overloaded with donations after a thief steals them

WTNH/Jacquie Slater

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A cold crime struck Watertown’s First Congregational Church, but warm hearts prevailed.

Monday night, a commandment was broken here. The church had collected 80 donations for the children at the Wellmore Behavioral Health Center in Waterbury and a heartless thief took half of them.

A truck full of toys, handfuls of cash, and smiles greeted them today.

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“The phone has been ringing off the hook,” said the First Congregational Church Director of Christian Education Nancy Harrell.

“I saw it on the news this morning. It kinda brought tears to my eyes,” said Naugatuck’s Ernie Rowe.

That’s what brought Rowe and dozens more to their door, even a grieving father.

“He was very emotional. He said Christmas was his son’s favorite time of the year and he was 22 and he just died last month. He said I felt good doing this. He said it made him feel good,” said Harrell.

Watertown’s EverGreen Lawn & Landscape owner, Collin Sieracki went on a $500 shopping spree last night for the kids. He said he had a truck stolen last year and found out what it’s like to have the community come together for a cause.

“I know what it feels like to get things stolen and just to give back and pay it forward that’s what I want to do. The community helped me and now I’m helping them,” said Sieracki.

The donations have been overwhelming for parishioners.

“It’s just wonderful that people can be so generous,” said Harrell.

“It restores your faith certainly in human nature,” said Beverly Nichols.

That’s some powerful words especially at a church.

Church members say they’ve already got the donations they need and then some. So if you want to give, give to Wellmore Behavioral health, or the the charity of your choice.

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