In thanksgiving for the many individuals and organizations who have asked how they can help St. John Parish and SS. James and John School in Benwood, W.Va., two funds have been established to accept charitable gifts.

The St. John Parish Fire Relief Fund has been created to meet the greatest unmet needs of the church.

The SS. James and John School Fire Relief Fund has been established to meet the greatest unmet needs of the grade school.

Because short-term planning is so uncertain, funds collected for the church and school will go to meet their greatest unmet needs. Examples of these costs could include, but are not limited to, reestablishing operations, or purchasing of educational resources at the school or liturgical materials for the parish. The funds will also be used to pay for any items that might not be covered by insurance.

Contributions can be mailed to: St. John Parish Fire Relief Fund, 622 Main St., Benwood WV 26031 or SS. James and John School Fire Relief Fund, 52 7th St., Benwood WV 26031.

Gifts are also accepted online here: (click the school or the parish to donate)

SS. James & John School

St. John Parish 

While there are reports of other individual and group efforts to raise funds for both the parish and school, the public is asked to note that these two funds are the only sanctioned or official funds that provide direct support to the parish and school in Benwood.

On behalf of the many families that will be positively affected by such generosity, Father Bekeh Utietiang and the school and parish communities thank everyone for their prayers, contributions and thoughtful support.