The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs has received almost $3 million in charitable donations following a mass shooting in November 2017 that left 26 churchgoers dead and another 20 injured.
The church announced on Sunday that individuals from around the world contributed $2.91 million to its massacre relief fund, reported the San Antonio Express-News. There has also been such an abundance of non-monetary donations, including blankets, toys and other gifts, that it has taken the church months to sort and distribute contributions among recipients. (RELATED: Parkland Students To Receive Payouts For Shooting)
Church members voiced skepticism in April after Pastor Frank Pomeroy announced plans to demolish the existing structure and build an entirely new $3-million church in its place, according to the Dallas Morning News. There was particular concern whether donations would go to the new construction rather than family members of the victims.
Of the received donations, $840,000 has been stipulated specifically for victim relief while $130,000 was intended for funerals, memorials and food. The remaining $2 million has yet to be allocated, reported Houston Public Media.
Pat Dziuk, the church’s restoration chairman, noted that he was unsure if the financial disclosure would alleviate the skepticism.
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