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A church in Ohio recently raised approximately $10,000 as part of an annual charity drive in order to help its neighbors pay their water bills.

Several families in Pickerington called their water company and learned to their surprise that their water would not be shut off this month because of the charitable efforts of Grace Fellowship Church. Beth Shively, spokeswoman for Grace Fellowship, told The Christian Post that the payments for water bills of those in the neighborhood were part of her church’s annual “Giving It Back” campaign.

“Through this campaign, we choose a few organizations or needs and ask our church to generously respond to these needs during December,” said Shively. “The mayor of Pickerington, Lee Gray, attends our church, and he brought to our attention that each month many families are scheduled to have their water turned off for non-payment. Our elder board decided this would be an excellent way for us to give back to our neighbors.”

A suburb of Columbus, Pickerington is a place that while considered above average on socioeconomic rankings, nevertheless has homeowners and renters alike living there. Gavin Blair, Pickerington City Council President, told CP that the city is “a diverse community” for which the churches including Grace Fellowship play an important role.

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article courtesy of BCNN1.com

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