West Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- His House Ministries and Habitat For Humanity's Restore in West Columbia were preparing for the busiest time of the year for donations and pick-ups.
But they've learned tis the season for giving and taking--both have been the victims of thieves
"It's disheartening to know that this can happen at this time of year," Allison Kirby with Central SC Habitat For Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity relies on a fleet of three trucks to pick up donations for their Restore. Now,they're down to zero.
"Our truck didn't start and we did some investigation and it was the catalytic converter that was completely sawed off underneath the truck," Kirby said.
Thieves target theconverters for the type of metal it contains.
After one truck breaking down, another being full of products, and now the other one being vandalized, they have to spend more money to get the job done.
"We had to actually rent a truck to pick up our scheduled donations for this week which really does hurt our operations," Kirby said.
But Habitat for Humanity isn't alone. Less than a mile down the road, His House Ministries is also out of gas.
"The driver went out to get into the truck and he noticed that something was missing as he looked under the truck and he found out that the catalytic converters had been stolen off the truck," Rev. Roger Weaver said.
Weaver said this isn't the first time they've been subject to theft. A similar instance happened just last week.
"They broke into the fence and stole the batteries out of the diesel truck and all the motors off all the things in the yard and all the batteries they could out of the yard," Weaver said.
Weaver said donations have slowed down and money is a bit tight. But he says the act isn't enough to get upset about.
"My thing was it's kind of a tough thing to think about stealing from 'a church,' I wouldn't want to have to give an account for that," Weaver said. "But you know there's always forgiveness. And God's a forgiving God and we are too."
The repair shop where Habitat for Humanity dropped of their truck said that's thefourth truck they've seen with a catalytic converter missing.
If you know anything about the stolen converters, call CRIMESTOPPERS 1-888-CRIME-SC.