I grew up cherishing the incredible statues of the Blessed Mother and St.Therese the Little Flower at my parish of Our Lady of Mercy Church. This is why I was appalled to learn that they had been vandalized by hateful and despicable human beings. I am proud to say that I worked on starting a GoFundMe page, which has raised over $21,ooo to date.

“For people who pass the parish, they will always see the beauty of the statues and understand what they represent,” added Conigliaro. “Before someone considers performing an act of hate, they should try to empathize and consider what the effect of the damage will have on the community.”

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