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Trumbull church raises funds, awareness after driver takes out sign

November 15, 2018

TRUMBULL — “That which is broken shall be made whole again,” reads a banner above the sign outside Trumbull Congregational Church.

The addition came when the church was forced to restore its sign last month after a messy crash took out of the sign and left the church in need of another. The current sign, which was just a restoration of the old one, is temporary.

“We’re working on the new, final product,” said Rev. Tim Hare of the church.

On Oct. 6, a motorist allegedly under the influence of drugs lost control of his car while driving on Reservoir Avenue in Trumbull, Hare said.

The driver tore through the church parking lot and across the lawn, taking out the sign, according to Hare. He said first responders saved the driver who allegedly overdosed and lose consciousness while behind the wheel.

“Some leaders in the church learned what had happened and one guy in particular, who serves on our board, said we really need to make something out of this,” said Rev. Tim Hare. “So we had our board meeting and we talked about putting the sign together.”

The church put together a Fundrazr campaign page in hopes of raising money to repair what was damaged in the Oct. 6 incident. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, $2,860 of the $4,000 goal had been raised.

“We did this fundraiser to cover our expenses and to partner with the CARES group,” Hare said. “The people who contributed so far were a real healthy mix.”

Shortly after the Oct. 6 incident, Hare discovered The CARES Group, which offers free, weekly support groups for those battling substance abuse and addiciton, and resources to families with loved ones who are addicted. The church has since developed a partnership with the group to raise awareness.

“It’s been good to be effective in bringing awareness,” Hare said.

Hare said the Trumbull Congregational Church is becoming more and more socially active, building additional partnerships with organizations where possible.

“It’s the type of church that is outward looking and trying to make a difference in our community and in the lives of those who need it,” he said.

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