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Update: Grand Meadow live Nativity scene raises $8,000 for Cords family

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Grand Meadow Live Nativity Scene
Grand Meadow Live Nativity Scene to benefit the Cords Family.
Grand Meadow Live Nativity Scene
Grand Meadow Live Nativity Scene to benefit the Cords Family.
Grand Meadow Live Nativity Scene
Grand Meadow Live Nativity Scene to benefit the Cords Family.

GRAND MEADOW, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Christmas is right around the corner and the holiday brings to mind the Nativity scene.

Wednesday night in Grand Meadow, the faith community brought that image to life, at St. Finbarr's Catholic Church, in support of a good cause.

Organizers at the four churches in in Grand Meadow said they've had dreams of doing a live nativity scene and this year things just happened to come together perfectly.

That fateful night in late October is still on the minds of many, as the Cords family barely escaped their home before it turned to ash.

"I always saw their post on Facebook and you know every time I'd see it right after they had their house fire, I was very saddened by what they have to go through," said Jenny Gehling, Live Nativity Scene Organizer.

Gehling says she and her friends started thinking of ways they could help out, when finally they pieced together the perfect idea.

"Everybody I reached out to said 'absolutely let's do this.' One of the ladies I reached out to said she's always wanted to do a live nativity and I said 'now might be the right time to do it and we could have all the proceeds go to this family in Rushford,'" continued Gehling.

A giving sentiment that rings true for all who decided to get involved.

"The cause was the biggest thing, because it's very important, I read their story and it's a tremendous story and I'm just glad to be here to help," said Live Nativity Scene Actor, Lucas Hanson.

Visitors to the live Nativity scene drove up to the church, where they enter Bethlehem from more than two thousand years ago. Paying the tax, $5 per car, to go towards the Cords family, before they were then counted for the census, and began to approach the manger.

"As they get closer there's an inn keeper that is surrounded by the animals of course that are also by the stable, and the angels, and there's three wise men, and there's a live choir out there singing Christmas carols all night as well," explained Gehling.

"It's kind of nice, it gets you in the Christmas spirit and it's just part of the season," added Hanson.

Visitors were also able to stop in and have a fellowship dinner for a good will donation to support the Cords Family.

The festivities went from 4 p.m. until around 8 p.m., organizers rotated people in and out of the live nativity scene due to the cold temperatures, so there was a lot of support tonight in Grand Meadow for the Cords family.

Organizers informed us they were able to raise more than $8,000 to go towards the Cords family.

Holden Krusemark

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