Church fundraiser goes on despite vandalism - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Church fundraiser goes on despite vandalism

Jason Webb Jason Webb
Theresa Watson Theresa Watson
Jerry Byerly Jerry Byerly
Jeanne Portman Jeanne Portman

FAIRDALE, KY (WAVE) - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church has endured much over the past few years - the merger of two parishes that created it, break-ins, even the theft of the priest’s car - but vandalism won’t stop the picnic that not only pays the bills, but brings the faithful home.

The picnic is expected bring in more than $30,000 which helps to pay for upkeep, utilities and salaries. For parishioners and volunteers, though, it’s also a chance to come together. “There’s a lot of people you don’t see but at the picnic every year,” Jason Webb said.

Last weekend, vandals broke into the kitchen, spraying fire extinguishers, breaking fans and an oven and dumping iceboxes.

“We were all heartbroken coming back here because this is kind of like home,” one of the coordinators, Theresa Watson said. “It hurt us. It set us behind. It's more stuff that we have to do, but it ain't stopping us,” Webb added.

Ironically, Jerry Byerly, a coordinator of the picnic, thinks the vandalism could help the fundraiser. “It brought people together. We've got people from other churches bringing us stuff. We've got people coming and helping us, which we didn’t have before.”

“I hope they see that we're not going to give up. There are bigger issues than that,” volunteer Jeanne Portman said. “We're just going to keep going because it's the right thing to do.”

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