A church destroyed by the Joplin tornado gets a big boost to its rebuilding fund.
The St. Mary's Knights of Columbus presented a check for 30 thousand dollars to pastor Justin Monaghan.
The Knights organization is based at the parish and has helped support other members affected by the tornado as well as replacing items at St. Mary's school. The church has begun construction site work for its church, school and parish center. Fr. Monaghan says contractors are preparing to put in footings. The parish has a $3.5 million dollar fundraising goal and the pastor says this donation helps greatly.
He says, "People have been very positive, but the Knights of Columbus have just added a whole new gift to the many things they do.Tthis has been a tremendous gift.
The Grand Knight, Denny Desmond says, " One of the core principles of Knights of Columbus is charity. This was never more evident than after the May 22 tornado when we received unsolicited donations from over 38 Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the United States anywhere from California to New York to Florida."
The church is in the midst of its fund raising campaign. If you would like to donate to the rebuilding fund use this link to find church contact information and see the plans for the new construction.