Raising funds to save historic Belleville church

The Belleville Dutch Reformed Church, for years, has suffered from all sorts of damage and now, the Belleville Historical Society is working to raise funds for steeple repairs. To do so, society President Mike Perrone has set up a crowd-sourcing site atwww.gofund.me/53506bb4 with a goal of raising $75,000. The scaffolding seen here has already been paid for, but cost $60K to erect. The society is hoping and praying for generous residents to consider a donation to ensure the church remains for generations to come.

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