Pay It Forward Fort Smith, a food and clothing service for people in need, had items looted, location ransacked and food was stolen, according to Founder and President Darla Lackey.
The theft and vandalism happened between 1:30 a.m. and before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, according to Lackey.
Lackey said they help feed around 300 people a week, and now she is without items to help others. “A few hundred dollars was stolen and the place was practically destroyed,” said Lackey.
She was still upset Wednesday evening over what happened and said, “I can’t assume who did this … I can’t point my finger. I’m just devastated.”
The food pantry has been operating for about 11 months and the agency is in the process of waiting for a non-profit clearance by the state — 501(c)3.
A police report has been filed, according to Lackey.
While police look into the theft, volunteers said they are forgiving those responsible and will continue to help anyone who needs it, said Lackey.
Donations may be made to the organization at 321 May Avenue or calling Pay It Forward Fort Smith at (479) 312-0962.