133-year-old church collects enough donations to repair roof

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A wish is coming true for one of Dayton’s oldest churches. For weeks, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church has been asking the community for donations to repair their roof–which hasn’t changed since it was built 133 years ago.

When we first brought you their story earlier this month, the church had raised just over $2,000. A fraction of the $13,000 for repairs. It’s now been less than 2 weeks since our story aired, and they’ve raised over $12,000.

Donations have come in both big and small–some were as much as $1,000 others were as little as $20. They plan on beginning construction later in the week.

Currently, they’re waiting for D-P & L to blanket some power lines nearby so construction workers can safely access the roof. Church Administrator Jo-an Johnson says she’s overjoyed with the reception.

“It’s very exciting,” Church and it’s very surprising that in this short amount of time it just started rolling and money started coming in and I think a lot of it has to do with what was on Channel 2. A lot of people saw us and I think that it’s an example of social media.”

The church is still looking for donations, to help out visit their website.


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