MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A Midwest City church is targeted by copper thieves.
Watching a movie in the dark with over sized fans in the doorway is one way kids at church camp are keeping cool.
Divine Worship Center is trying to manage without an air conditioner. For the fourth time in recent years copper crooks have climbed a ladder and either stolen or torn apart the units, leaving the church thousands of dollars in the hole.
Minister Annie Brown said, "It costs in excess of $10-$15,000 to replace. We have a ten ton unit up there and three other smaller units too."
Minister Brown said the vandals have caused so much damage while ripping apart the ac units they now have leaks in several spots around the building. The constant flow of water is destroying the roof.
Church leaders say thieves do not realize how they are affecting the people the church serves. The church is open seven days a week and offers countless programs for anyone in need.
Brown said, "We take from our homes and pour into these people because there is a great need. A lot of people won't give a second look to someone who's been in the penal system and been incarcerated and imprisoned."
Many of the summer camp kids come from single parent or low-income households.
Church leaders say they cannot afford to buy a new ac unit while feeding the kids and paying for activities.
Brown said, "They get three meals a day plus snacks, plus crafts and movies and swimming and things like that."
The church has installed cameras in hopes to discourage any future thieves.
If you would like to help with any of Divine Worship Center's programs visit their website.