Grand Forks church repaying damage help to New Jersey churchGRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota church that received financial help from a New Jersey congregation after a devastating flood 15 years ago is repaying the kind deed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota church that received financial help from a New Jersey congregation after a devastating flood 15 years ago is repaying the kind deed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks has collected about $15,600 for the church of the same name in Long Branch, N.J., and donations are still coming in, the Rev. Gerard Braun told the Grand Forks Herald.
The money "and the prayers of 1,000 parishioners," will be sent to the New Jersey church, which was battered by the hurricane that devastated parts of the East Coast in late October and also a nor-easter storm that hit last week.
The New Jersey church gave the Grand Forks church $12,000 after the spring 1997 Red River flood that swamped the North Dakota city. The Grand Forks church suffered more than $4 million in damage.
Retired Rev. William Sherman, who was at St. Michael's then and went to New Jersey to thank the people of Long Branch, suggested a "payback" collection when he heard that Sandy had damaged the New Jersey church and the homes of many of its parishioners.
Braun said the special collection for the New Jersey St. Michael's coincided with the Grand Forks church's annual appeal for parishioners to pledge their giving for the coming year.
"That spirit of generosity caught fire," he said. "Several people mentioned to me that they thought it was a good thing we were doing, coming to the aid of the church that helped us."