The founders of a Thomasville ministry say a second home invasion attempt in about a month is not going to stop them from spreading the holiday cheer. Gary Johnson says around 1:30 Wednesday morning he awoke to the sound of someone trying to break in through his front door.
But he says unlike the first time around, he and the cops were able to scare these suspects away.
Gary Johnson says he and his wife Doris still have not recovered from the violent home invasion last month. "Ever since the first incident, I've been terrified. I'm just living in fear. I never can sleep at night," said Johnson.
In the first incident, three men with assault rifles forced their way into the Johnson's Fern Street home and stole thousands of dollars worth of cash and jewelry.
Johnson says since then he's been sleeping on the couch so nothing like that can happen again. "I saw a shadow come by the window and then a few minutes later I heard like a wham sound. They had snatched my door open, the glass door," Johnson said.
Johnson says before these vandals could break their way in, he turned the lights on and called the police. "Thomasville Police responded very quickly and I take my hat off to them because ever since that happened, it helped us because they now have us under 24 hour surveillance," Johnson said.
The Johnsons run a community organization called the Brotherhood of Love Ministry. They says the purpose of the Ministry is to help people in the community and try to prevent incidents like this by making a positive impact in young people's lives.
Young people like Obadiah Farley and Marquese Ross.
"And he offered to work with me and tell me about life and help me get back in school. He did a lot of stuff for me," said Obadiah Farley, mentee.
"If you involve yourself in something positive, you'll get something positive back," said mentee Marquese Ross.
"If I had to stand up and lose my life for that, and be victimized and terrorized for that, I would do it all over again," Johnson said.
"Even though what we went through, and what we are going through, our reach out ministry is helping somebody and I feel good about that." said Doris Hill, home invasion victim.
Johnson says he is not going to let these incidents prevent his ministry from achieving its goal and plans to host a Christmas Day celebration for the community. "We're going to have Santa Claus here and for each needy kid and less fortunate kid, Santa will be giving out a toy or two toys for each needy kid."
The Thomasville Police Department says they are continuing to investigate each of these incidents. Johnson says the Christmas Day dinner and toy give away will be held at his home at 112 Fern Street.
If you would like to make a food, toy, or monetary donation call Johnson at 786-312-5564.