Thieves steal copper out of Plantation church’s air conditioning units

PLANTATION, Fla. – Rev. D.H. Dawkins said it will cost about $10,000 to install air conditioning at the Praise Tabernacle International, and the church in Plantation doesn’t have the money.

Dawkins said vandals cut the copper out of the air conditioning units. The church has large industrial fans, but it’s not enough when there are 60 or more people praying inside.

“The timing: Saturday! Right before our Sunday service!”

The coronavirus pandemic was already hurting the church members and they can’t afford to make the repairs needed, Dawkins said.

“Forty years of us being in the community and we are targeted again because someone has an impulse or a need for a quick fix for money,” Dawkins said. “It’s just so discouraging.”

Rev. D.H. Dawkins said it will cost about $10,000 to install air conditioning at the Praise Tabernacle International, and the church in Plantation doesn’t have the money. Rev. D.H. Dawkins said it will cost about $10,000 to install air conditioning at the Praise Tabernacle International, and the church in Plantation doesn’t have the money.

In 2011, a burglar stole all of the church’s air conditioning units. Locked cages were used to protect the new air conditioners.

“I just don’t think that going through evil means is the way to do it because it causes loss on somebody else,” Dawkins said.

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For more information about how to help the church, call 954-792-0367 or e-mail at info@praiseti.org.

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