Heartfelt Letter to the Editor

From today’s Post and Courier:

Church a comfort

My father recently passed away with cancer. He successfully ran his own business for many years and had a wife and six children at home when he was diagnosed.

When he became too sick to work, there were no pay- checks and no unemployment benefits because he was self-employed. He was sick for a long time, and was in and out of the hospital.

It has been a difficult time for my family emotionally and financially, but several area churches stepped in to help.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church was one of them. They just showed up at our door with bags full of groceries and encouraging words. That continued week after week after week.

My family never attended Redeemer Presbyterian, nor did we have friends there.

People should know about the good that this church does in the community. Redeemers’ place of worship at 43 Wentworth St. may soon be sold to become Nancy Snowden’s house.

I hope Charleston’s leaders take the public good done by this church into account and decide not to allow this downtown church to be used for commercial and residential purposes.

Surely there are plenty of properties available for those uses other than a church with an active congregation that has such a heart for our city and its people.

Zander Russell
Willow Lake Drive
Charleston

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