27 February 2006


N.Y. Yankees aid burglarized SBC church with $20,000

Feb 27, 2006

By Meredith Day, Baptist Press

NEW YORK (BP)--The New York Yankees, though just in spring training, stepped up to the plate to assist a Bronx church and its soup kitchen after a break-in. The Yankees, whose stadium also is in the Bronx, presented a check for $20,000 to Rev. Dr. Daniel Dupree (photo with Mrs. Dupree) and Greater Universal Baptist Church on Feb. 23 to cover losses the church sustained during the Feb. 7 burglary.

The Yankees "are truly a blessing," said Dupree, who has served as Greater Universal's pastor for 10 of the Southern Baptist church's 52 years. "We believe God placed it on their hearts to come through for us.

"When Dupree arrived at the church on the morning of Feb. 8, the building had been ransacked; the church's safe, a television camera and various office supplies were missing. Dupree estimates less than $5,000 was stolen from the safe, but the total loss to the church was around $20,000.

The donation will go toward replacing the lost items as well as a security system, and Dupree says the Yankees' gift to the church proves “they're more than just a baseball team. Their generosity has forged connections in the community and raised awareness of and appreciation for the kitchen.” Dupree compares his church's story to Genesis 50:20: "God turned into good what [some] meant for evil."

A police investigation continues.

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