BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis businesswoman has come to the rescue of three churches burglarized in Hancock County. She's announced a fundraiser in hopes of helping the places of worship replace what was stolen from them.
Suzanne Cotter is a tough fitness trainer who has a soft spot for church institutions. She says she can't believe someone would break into a church sanctuary and steal.
"When I first viewed it on WLOX is when I realized it was right here in my community. And these are churches that constantly give back to our community helping people in need. Whether it be physical or mental," said Cotter.
Mount Chapel Baptist Church and Macedonia Missionary, both in Waveland, and Calvary Baptist in Bay St. Louis were robbed of thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment last month. Now they're struggling to bounce back from the damage.
Cotter said, "It's really quite sad."
The three churches together had about $25,000 dollars worth of electronic equipment stolen. Cotter is just hoping the folks of the community will open their hearts and wallets to cover that cost.
"And it's going to be community people that give back to these churches that give to the community," said Cotter.
Cotter has planned a fundraiser. It will be held at her business, AnyTime Fitness, in Bay St. Louis. She says it will be a day of fun and giving.
"That Saturday we will offer demonstration class of all types for all ages. We will have some aerobic some dancing some body sculpting and good snacks for children and adults," said Cotter.
Those in attendance will be asked to make a donations to the cause. The churches benefiting couldn't be more grateful.
"I'm so glad there's somebody in the world that really cares," said Mount Chapel Assistant Pastor Leo Hawkins.
The fundraiser will be held Saturday February 27th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
AnyTime Fitness is located in the Zapardo's shopping center on Blue Meadow Road in Bay St. Louis.
Click here to donate on their GoFundMe page.