A congregation in Tennessee has donated $1,000 to each member of their local police department as a sign of appreciation for the work they do to protect the community.
Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church of Jonesborough raised a total of $23,000 for their local department, presenting the checks in a ceremony held on Saturday morning.
Lighthouse Pastor Perry Cleek told The Christian Post that his church felt obligated to do the charitable act in response to news about the abuse many police have experienced in recent times.
“We have heard the news reports of entire police departments suffering from a debilitating lack of morale. In many places in America, local governments are signaling their support for those who are attacking law enforcement by defunding their local police,” explained Cleek.
“We wanted to make a bold statement in support of law enforcement. Our desire was for our action to send a symbolic message of our support to the Jonesborough Police, but to also show our support in a very practical way by recognizing and supporting each individual employee.”
The Saturday event had around a couple hundred attendees, including Jonesborough Chief Ron Street and Public Safety Director Craig Ford, with a crowd Cleek described as “very supportive.”
“We recognize that we do not speak for anyone but our local church. We have not issued an appeal for other churches to follow our example,” he continued.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski