ABC 23: Orthodox Church Must Raise $10,000 to Repair Damage by Vandals

ABC 23: Orthodox Church Must Raise $10,000 to Repair Damage by Vandals

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By Cassie Carlisle

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Truxton Avenue is going to spend $10,000 to repair their stained glass windows after vandals threw cement blocks at them, Treasurer Danny Andrews said.

Six weeks ago the church noticed two large holes at the bottom of the stained glass and put plywood up over all of the windows on the west side to protect them and discourage the vandals from returning.

Kelly Demestihas has been going to the church since she was 18 and feels very strongly toward the vandalism, she teared up when asked about what the church means to her.

“I was married in this church, my children were both baptized in this church, like our whole life revolves around this church,” Demestihas said.

She says money that would have gone to repairing the old building and putting down carpet in the Sunday school room is now going toward repairing and protecting the stained glass windows.

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