"I'm disappointed, but not mad because they`re people. They make mistakes," Branch said.
They weren't just any donations. For the past year, kids who go to the church have put money in a five-gallon jug to raise funds for Christmas gifts and a party for themselves.
"Just the idea of taking something for the kids for no good reason. It can`t be a good reason to steal something. I guess it's just how things are today," he said.
The night the jug was taken, the church had a service that lasted until about seven. Sometime between then and the next morning, all the money was gone.
The donations were sitting on the altar where there's a new jar, with just a handful of coins, disguised with decorations.
"We`re trying to get funds now to replace it. We have another jug but of course it`s close to empty. It will be a little tough, but we still will provide for our kids," Branch added.
Police tell NewsChannel 3 they're still investigating. As for Branch, he has an invitation for whoever took the cash.
"Please come and visit us, that`s all I can ask. All you have to do is just bring it back. Nobody`s going to beat you up or call you names. We`re forgiving. That`s what God tells us."