A Grace Brethren congregation in Dayton, Ohio, has stepped up to help their grieving community. First Grace Church provided grief counselors at the local middle school after one of it’s students and her grandmother died in a car accident over the weekend. Pastor Bruce Jackson was interviewed on WDTN about their efforts. Click on the video above or read a portion of the story below. Click here to read the complete article.
VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The First Grace Brethren Church sent counselors to the Vandalia-Butler school district Monday after a student was killed in a car crash.
12-year-old Gabby Ellis and her grandmother 69-year-old Lois Ellis died Sunday morning after colliding with a mini-van on Nashville Rd. The family was on their way to a wrestling match in Piqua. Gabby’s father was driving in another car and saw the crash happen.
Pastor Bruce Jackson used to live on the same road the accident happened and says he could feel sadness in the community as he ran errands the day after.
“Their loss is our loss and it’s something that has hit the community very, very hard. Seeing people, feeling sober. these things are issues that we could all face. It’s not to be taken lightly. It reminds us that this life is temperal and every day is a gift,” he said.
Family and friends set up a GoFundMe page that raised more than $16,000. Pastor Jackson says that speaks volumes about the closeness of the community.
“I know they felt like it was any other Sunday and on their way to a match for Gabby to be involved in and all of this I’m sure happened very, very quickly,” said Pastor Jackson, who’s been the senior pastor at the church for six years.
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