Saugatuck Church fire aftermath: Bountiful cause for thanks
Updated 7:17 am, Thursday, November 24, 2011
Here's a rundown on the latest developments in the aftermath of the Sunday fire at Saugatuck Congregational Church:
Investigators had not determined the cause of the six-hour blaze as of Wednesday afternoon.
Saugatuck church officials secured an alternate spot for the congregation's annual community Thanksgiving feast at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, which offered to host the Thursday event that was expected to attract well over 300 people.
On Sunday, the church will hold its worship service at 10 a.m. in Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road.
The Saugatuck Nursery School, which suffered extensive damage during the fire, has yet to find an alternate location, and as of Wednesday, it appeared that sessions would not be able to resume next week.
United Church of Christ of Connecticut has set up a fund to help with fire repairs. Donations can be made online at: www.ctucc.org/donate The fourth item down on the UCC website is: Saugatuck CC Fire Fund.
Among the outpouring of donations for the church's Thanksgiving community feast were:
Stew Leonard's supermarket in Norwalk donated 30 turkeys.
Super Stop & Shop in Westport gave 450 pounds of produce.
Boy Scouts washed many pots and utensils salvaged from Saugatuck Congregational's kitchen in order to use them for Thursday's gathering.
Westport-based nonprofit Homes with Hope gave 50 pies for the feast.
Oscar's Deli on Main Street offered facilities to store food before the dinner.