CHICAGO (CBS) — Woodlawn’s “rooftop pastor” is distributing 3,500 turkeys and the trimmings Sunday to needy Chicagoans, one month after thieves broke into his church and stole $8,000 from the collection box.

Pastor Corey Brooks said the public response to the break-in has helped pay for the giveaway, which he said is the largest in the history of his New Beginnings Church, at 6620 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.

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“Even though some things have happened bad for us, it’s worked out for our good and we’re grateful for that,” he said.

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Corporate sponsors include Walgreen Co. and WalMart, and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be among the volunteers aiding with the distribution, which begins at the church at 2 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to a turkey, each person will receive two cans of candied yams, two cans of corn, two cans of green beans, a can of cranberry sauce and a box of stuffing.

Those wishing to obtain a dinner can line up outside of the church or can go online to the church Website.

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Brooks said the break-in has helped unify his congregation. No one has been arrested in connection with the break-in, which Brooks claimed at the time was politically-motivated because of his backing for Rauner and GOP Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.