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Campaign aims to raise funds for burned St. Landry churches

Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 22:25:29-04

Today, Giles Automotive announced the start of their 30-day Giles Give Back campaign.

This year’s campaign will focus on raising funds for the three historic churches burned in St. Landry Parish. An arrest has been made in connection with those burnings. More information on the case can be found here.

Bob Giles said, “We can’t undo what he has done. But we can use this as an opportunity to rebuild and bring the community together.”

The details of the campaign were announced at a press conference on Friday, April 12 at Opelousas City Hall.

Giles Automotive says that they will match donations made during the 30 days of the campaign dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

“When I heard about what happened to these churches I knew Giles Automotive had to lend a hand,” said Bob Giles. “Our motto is giving back to the community, and I can’t think of a more deserving group than these churches that have stood strong in the community for more than 100 years.”

Donations can be made through IBERIABANK to Giles Gives Back to St. Landry Churches. At the end of the campaign, all funds collected will be divided between the three churches.

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor and the pastors of St. Mary’s Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church were in attendance.

Pastor Harry Richard said, “It feels great. It feels wonderful. Knowing that our hearts were broke. We were in pain. We didn’t why to do. How to do it. It’s comforting I know there are people in this community that love us. And do care for us. ”

For other ways to give to the St. Landry churches, see below:

Gofundme set up for three churches that burned in St. Landry Parish