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WELLS, Maine (WABI) – Maine church buildings have raised $10,000 to assist a 6-month-old woman who wants a liver transplant, and extra donations are anticipated.
The Knights of Columbus council in Wells began elevating cash after studying that the child relative of a parishioner was in want.
“After we realized about child Ophelia and the monetary pressure the household has been going by way of, all of us agreed we would have liked to assist,” mentioned Phil Lizotte of the council. “What occurred subsequent was extraordinary.”
Ophelia has a life-threatening liver illness referred to as biliary atresia. She is being handled at Boston Kids’s Hospital. Her household has insurance coverage, however a lot of the therapy isn’t totally lined.
“We obtained an image of little Ophelia and stationed knights with donation baskets within the narthex of St. Mary Church in Wells,” mentioned Lizotte. These baskets rapidly crammed, and the household was the beneficiary of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at St. Mary which was held earlier than massive gatherings in Maine have been restricted.
The council’s unique objective was to lift $3,000. That objective was rapidly met.
“This morning, March 18, I used to be capable of ship a verify for $10,000 to the dad and mom,” mentioned Lizotte. “Ophelia’s dad was perplexed to specific how so many individuals he didn’t know may accomplish that a lot to assist them of their time of want.”
Lizotte mentioned after he despatched that verify, he acquired donations within the mail from throughout Maine, many together with notes of prayers and hope. He mentioned one other massive donation shall be despatched to the household.
Anybody wishing to make a donation might ship a verify, made out to the “Knights of Columbus,” to P.O. Field 3050, Wells, ME 04090.
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