It takes a special kind of thief to kick in the doors and steal from a small charity that seeks to help the homeless and hungry among us.

But that’s exactly what happened late Friday or early Saturday at Mission Norman, 2525 E. Lindsey Street. Burglars took computer monitors, a printer, scanner, televisions, air conditioning units, refrigerators and other items. They also trashed the place.

They took a small penny jar that was special to Mission Norman founder Gene Barnes. It was near the building’s entrance and was a place where clients could donate their own pennies. Like the poor widow woman of Biblical reference, it was often all they could spare.

Mission Norman members are the forgiving kind. They are praying for the burglars but just wished they would have come and asked for the items instead of stealing them in the night. “We help people all the time,” Mr. Barnes said. “They don’t have to steal from us.”

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