Evansville's Salvation Army has received thousands of dollars in donations to help it recover from a break-in at its food pantry.

Vandals cut through a fence with bolt cutters and forced their way into a standup cooler. They then trashed the area and strew food over the parking lot. Workers discovered the damage Tuesday morning.

Goodwill Industries of Evansville responded with a $5,000 donation to the pantry, which feeds about 200 needy people a day. Radio station WIKY donated $500 and several businesses have given matching contributions.

Volunteer repair work also was offered by a fencing business and a refrigeration company.

Captain Lynetta Poff of the Salvation Army says the response shows that "God can take a bad thing and make a good thing."