- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

DARIEN, Ga. (AP) - Donations and offers of help are pouring in after fire destroyed a 190-square foot structure known as the “Smallest Church in America.”

A fundraising account has been established at a local bank for Christ’s Church, the Brunswick News (http://bit.ly/1lyLUo6) reported.

Also, Ace Hardware has vowed to donate heart of pine for the interior, a woman in Florida is trying to obtain stained glass windows to replace the ones destroyed, and brick masons from a company in Savannah have offered to volunteer their time to do the work.

“We gotta take it all the way down to the foundation,” said Kevin Lee, a carpenter from neighboring Liberty County. “Then we can build it back up.”

Lee and other vowed to make sure the church rises again. Lee was recently busy pulling smoke-charred cinder blocks from the remains of tiny Christ’s Church, the roadside landmark in north McIntosh County that was destroyed by flames set by an arsonist.

The church has served as a spiritual refuge to travelers and locals alike for 66 years.

For those who wish to assist in rebuilding the church, an account has been setup.

Mary Odum, branch manager of the Southeast Bank in nearby Eulonia, said an account for the church was established Wednesday at Southeast Bank. Contributions to the account can be made at any Southeast Bank branch.

Checks can be made payable to: The Smallest Church in America.

McIntosh County Sheriff’s deputies said someone set the church on fire around 1 a.m. Saturday after trying unsuccessfully to break into the donation safe inside. The church has always been open at all times to all visitors. Deputies are investigating but have no new information, he said.

Lee and Christ’s Church caretaker Patrick Young have been getting lots of support in the effort to rebuild.

“We’re going to build it back to the original condition,” he said.

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