Church celebrates charity of those who gave after pies stolen

A small church outside of Sudbury is celebrating this weekend, focusing on the charity of many who generously donated money after the theft of 1,000 pies the church was going to use for fundraising and community outreach.

More than $6,000 was raised for Trinity United Church

Rev. Dave Legrand of Trinity United Church was shocked and warmed by generous donations made after last winter's pie theft. (Jason Turnbull/CBC)

A small church outside of Sudbury is celebrating this weekend, focusing on the charity of many after a theft committed by a few.

Last winter Trinity United Church in Capreol, Ont., was broken into and about 1,000 meat pies were stolen from the basement freezer.

The pies were made to be sold in order to raise funds for maintaining the building and furthering their community outreach abilities — which the church is strongly invested in.

Rev. Dave Legrand recalled noticing something was amiss when he entered the basement in January.

“This is our table where we try to do some work on welcoming gays, lesbians, transgendered in this church and I noticed it was all in disarray and the lock was broken and there was a big puddle of water on the ground,” he said.

He and some volunteers became devastated after discovering that more than 1,000 pies had been stolen, many of which were later found dumped in a nearby snow bank. The thieves had yet to be caught.

However, it didn’t take long for the community to rally around raising money another way.

David Bateman, a local business owner, started a campaign and quickly raised $6,000. The donations, the amount of which shocked the church, came from many different places.

“Amherstberg, west Fargo North Dakota, Marathon, Ont., Brockville… people were sending in donations a lot of them saying they grew up in that church.” Legrand said.

“It’s almost humorous to realize we probably made more money this way than we would have had from the pot pies,” Legrand said.

Legrand added that although the money was desperately needed and was “a godsend,” what this really resulted in was showing the character of the community.

“This tapped into some kind of positive artery in the community… what we want to see that’s the best in our community, this drew that out,” he said.

The thieves had yet to be caught, but the community is focusing less on that, according to Legrand, and more on the generosity of others.