By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
About seven Portland churches have been the target of vandalism this summer.
The latest is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood which was broken into and vandalized.
Watch the KGW-8 story video here
KGW-TV notes, “Sanderson-Doughty said it appears vandals broke into the church, located at 3228 Southwest Sunset Boulevard, through two different windows the night of Aug. 27. They used black spray paint to tag dozens of walls inside and outside the building, from Sunday school rooms to the elevator.Vandals also broke several mugs that church members had made, scattering broken pottery among smashed apples taken from the preschoolers’ refrigerator. Sanderson-Doughty said the church’s childcare wing reeked of marijuana.”We found an apple that had been used as a smoking device sitting in the middle of one of the tables of the children’s classroom,” she said…She’s hoping for help cleaning up the graffiti and is grateful for donations that community members have already shared. She also wonders if those responsible for the mess are hurting in some way….”We forgive you, we don’t wish any harm to you,” said Sanderson-Doughty. “We want you to know that we are a community and though we’ve been hurt, we’ll respond in love.”
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