BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Truxton Avenue is going to spend $10,000 to repair their stained glass windows after vandals threw cement blocks at them, Treasurer Danny Andrews said.
Six weeks ago the church noticed two large holes at the bottom of the stained glass and put plywood up over all of the windows on the west side to protect them and discourage the vandals from returning.
Kelly Demestihas has been going to the church since she was 18 and feels very strongly toward the vandalism, she teared up when asked about what the church means to her.
“I was married in this church, my children were both baptized in this church, like our whole life revolves around this church,” Demestihas said.
She says money that would have gone to repairing the old building and putting down carpet in the Sunday school room is now going toward repairing and protecting the stained glass windows.
The windows are appraised at $25,000 each but to repair the two large holes, it will cost about $10,000, Andrews said. To protect them from being broken again the church wants to put an acrylic safety window in front of the stained glass on the west side, “that’s another $10,000,” Andrews said.
The Church is holding their annual Greek Food Festival September 5th and 6th, right behind their church at 401 Truxton Avenue to fundraise for the repairs.
The church says they have hope for the future with an agreement that The City of Bakersfield bought the three abandoned houses next door to the church and will turn them into a parking lot.
23ABC placed several calls to the City and they have not been returned.
The church filed a police report with Bakersfield Police Department.
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