Anglican churches share the wealth with local groups

Sherry Martell
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BIBLE HILL - About a dozen community-based organizations in Truro and Bible Hill are praising the congregation of a local church for its heartwarming generosity.
More than $43,000 has been given to non-profit groups in the area by the parish of St. George's Anglican Church, which despite having closed its doors last July, is leaving a legacy of hope and goodwill.
"It takes a lot of hurt out of it," said church warden Dan McKenzie.
The parish includes two Anglican churches, St. George's in Bible Hill and Christ Church in Clifton, both of which closed last summer.
McKenzie said instead of allowing the now vacant building on Pictou Road to fall into a state of disrepair, parish council decided to sell it with a plan to donate funds back to the community.
"We were able to sell the rectory and the land it was on," he said.
The church was donated to Shepherd's Heart Prayer Centre, which has been in the Truro area for about a decade, most recently holding services at the Nova Scotia Community College's lecture theatre.
"With giving the church up it made everybody feel better knowing the building wouldn't be torn down," said the warden.
After the sale of the property the council met to discuss which organizations they wanted to support choosing many that reach out to the community at large.
McKenzie and his wife Jackie, council treasurer, began delivering cheques on Tuesday, ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, an
amount presented to the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation.
The funds will be used to furnish a room at the new hospital.
Salvation Army Capt. Stephen McNeilly was surprised by a $2,000 donation, and said it will be used to do wonderful things for people most in need. "The Salvation Army is truly grateful for the donation and it will be put to good use in the community," he said.
McKenzie said the reception they received from people was absolutely amazing; sharing in hugs and squeals of joy at many locations.
He said they feel comforted knowing
many people in the community will
benefit from the proceeds of the sale of their property.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Anglican Church, Bible Hill and Christ Church The Salvation Army Heart Prayer Centre Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Truro, St. George's, Clifton Pictou Road

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