Volunteers give Branford’s Community Baptist Church a makeover

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Branford’s Community Baptist Church is getting a makeover thanks to hard workers from Walmart.

“We work as a team, so it is a big team, group effort,” said Richard Ellis, Department Manager at Walmart.

With cans of paint, work tools, and elbow grease, 20 ambitious volunteers spent their Wednesday rejuvenating the church.

“We are tearing out all the rocks and stone underneath the building and removing the garbage,” Ellis said.

Volunteers made the church wheelchair accessible by sanding down and replacing the ramp’s deck. The crew gave the grounds a face-lift, trimming the hedges and replacing rocks and mulch.

“We moved in here two years ago; the church was in some disrepair,” said Pastor Tim Zacharias. “It was built in the 1890’s and it needed a lot of work.”

He’s thankful for the help.

“We’re carrying on a heritage that’s been here for over 100 years. We are reaching the people in Branford and being a blessing to them,” the pastor said. “They are helping us carry on the legacy by doing the work on the church.”.

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