Still no sign of pants reportedly stolen from church

Westminster Presbyterian Church

There's still no sign of the nearly 400 pairs of pants meant to be donated that went missing from a local ministry this week.

Hands of Christ, a nonprofit Presbyterian ministry, had begun its 13th year of free school supplies and uniform clothes giveaway to thousands of local children in need.

Between Thursday and Friday, several boxes containing 372 pairs of pants disappeared from the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, according to a police report.

Jim Frye, one of the organizers and longtime volunteers of the campaign reported the pants stolen and told investigators the pants were kept in an office room and in the gymnasium of the church.

The pants had recently been purchased for the giveaway, which started Saturday and is being held in Charleston, Colleton, Berkeley, Dorchester and Williamsburg county churches.

Frye estimates it will cost the organization about $3,800 to restock the pants. The ministry expects to help potentially 5,200 children this year.

For more information or to donate items or volunteer, call Westminster Presbyterian at 766-8311.

Reach Natalie Caula Hauff at 937-5594 or