October 2, 2014

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Three girls raising funds for Lorain church

Three elementary school students are raising funds for First Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was destroyed in a fire on Thursday. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Three elementary school students are raising funds for First Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was destroyed in a fire on Thursday. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — Amid grief surrounding the destruction of a beloved Lorain church last week, a group of unlikely philanthropists has emerged.

They are three elementary school girls.

Since a fire burned through the First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Thursday morning, 7-year-old Alexis Faurot and two 6-year-old friends have begun planning how to raise donations to help make up for what the congregation has lost.

“She thinks it’s fun helping others. It’s nice to help others with money and food,” said Alexis’s mother, Andrea Faurot.

Donations are definitely needed. The church has hosted a monthly food drive for years from a pantry stocked with canned goods.

That is, until flames burned through the sanctuary, kitchen and roof.

The contents of the pantry were ruined, along with many relics — crosses, paintings and a $1 million organ. It was just two weeks before the church was scheduled to host the monthly food drive.

The three girls, with help from their parents, put together a donation box and this week they plan to set up funds through Fifth Third Bank so members of the community can donate.

“I want to teach (Alexis) the importance of giving back,” Faurot said of why she’s helping her daughter donate. Even though Alexis doesn’t attend First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Faurot said the 7-year-old feels “really bad for the people who don’t have food or money,” and wants to give back in any way she can.

For the Rev. Jimmy Madsen, it’s heartening to see community support in the days following the fire, especially because some of that support comes from such young sources.

“I’m really touched by the idea of young children (helping the church),” Madsen said, adding that many members of the community have donated food and money in the days following the fire.

Madsen said the church plans to host the monthly food pantry from the church parking lot next Thursday, right on schedule.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Joe Smith

    “The contents of the pantry were ruined, along with many relics — crosses, paintings and a $1 million organ”

    $1 million organ ?

    • Lynn Thomas Holly

      Yes, $1 Million. Here is a link to the church’s website that describes and pictures the before & after. http://firstlutheranlorain.org/ministries/organ.html

      • Joe Smith

        I guess they should have insured it and their worries would have been over, too bad.

        • Lori Mittendorf Gale

          Was insured. But this piece of art was created by a world renown artist John Brombaugh in the 1960′s. It has been honored by the historical society.
          http://firstlutheranlorain.org/ministries/organ.html

          The notes that came from this pipe organ sounded like a human voice. We can NEVER replace it.

          • Lynn Thomas Holly

            Thank you Lori. I was about to reply with the same info!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pat.holbrook.90 Pat Holbrook

      yes, are you an organ donor?

      • Joe Smith

        Not a million organ donor!

  • Bruce Tennant

    the $1 million is really irrelevant because the organ can not be replaced.

  • Lori Mittendorf Gale

    This brings tears to my eyes. What a WONDERFUL thing for these young girls to do! Tnak you SO much for helping others. You will be rewarded with Blessings!