Hancock County residents come together to help burglarized churches

Hancock County residents come together to help burglarized churches

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Some Hancock County residents got an aerobic workout for a good cause at a Bay St. Louis Fitness facility Saturday afternoon.

Aerobics, and several other forms of exercise, generated money for the three Hancock County churches which were burglarized in January.

Police say thieves got away with several thousand dollars worth of electronic equipment from each church.

AnyTime Fitness personal trainer Suzanne Cotter says she couldn't believe it, and organized a fundraiser to help the churches recoup some of what they lost.

"It kind of tugged at my heart strings to see people in need who help people all the time, and these churches were definitely in the position of needing some help," said Cotter. "We had demonstration classes go throughout the day, we also have been raffling prizes every 20 minutes. The turn out was terrific, and we had people coming by before the event and actually making donations at that time."

Calvary Chapel in Bay St.Louis, and Mount Chapel Baptist and Macedonia Missionary Churches in Waveland were all burglarized just days apart.

The public can make donations at any Hancock Bank Branch to a benefit account called "Pay It Forward", or online at www.gofundme.com/ME3BEYAC.

For information about an exercise fundraiser, contact Suzanne Cotter at AnyTime Fitness at 228-466-2511.

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