DONATE: Click here to donate to Gethsemane Lutheran

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The generosity of strangers have answered a Twin Cities church’s prayers this winter.

It was icy cold inside the sanctuary in north Minneapolis. The boiler broke at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, making the sanctuary impossible to heat.

In 2016, the church started running a day care after hearing neighbors talk of the great need for quality affordable child care.

This church also feeds more than 4,000 a month through their food shelf and free warm meals.

Without the money for repairs, it faced closing for good.

But since WCCO shared the church’s plea for help last night, you’ve responded with more than $53,000 in donations, helping them reach their goal. Nearly 600 separate contributions have been made to the fund.

The vice president of the church council, Ben Knuas, issued a statement Thursday:

What a blessing! I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who has donated. Grateful isn’t even close to the right word.

One the best parts is that there are people from literally all over the United States supporting our little corner. There was a donation from someone just a few blocks from the church and from someone in Texas. So amazing.

Another great part of this is reading the comments. The words of encouragement, the connections that people have with the church (“I went to Sunday School in that classroom!”), and the faith that people are sharing is simply wonderful.

Our church is so blessed! Thank you to everyone who has been called to support us.

If you’d still like to help the people here keep serving, click here.

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