Church's fundraiser runneth over; local school benefits

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Children in a Jamaican orphanage will soon have a new playground following a church's recent fundraiser. And because of overwhelming community support, local children will get new play equipment as well.

The Christian Life Center's 2009 "Big Give" secured more than the $16,000 needed to give the 65 children of the Blossom Gardens Orphanage in Jamaica two new, safe play structures that they can share comfortably.

Church members sold home-made goods, services and a variety of other products to raise the money to help the children replace an old, weathered playground set that offered only two swings.

With an extra $10,000 collected, there was enough money to secure new playground equipment for students at Meadow Brook Intermediate School in College Place. The school serves fourth through sixth grades.

The Christian Life Center will buy Meadow Brook's new equipment and seek help from area residents for the installation, which is slated to take place in the spring. There may also be an additional need for ground cover, said Cathy Mebes, a church member who helped in the drive.

Church members will be at Sager Middle School on Dec. 20. at 10 a.m. to present school leaders with the gift. The presentation will be in the Sager gym.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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