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NEWARK WATER UPDATE

August 22, 2019

Bishop Jethro C. James Jr., Senior Pastor of Paradise Baptist Church, is collecting Water Donations for Residents of Newark, having difficulty gaining access to much needed water. Paradise Baptist Church is delivering mostly to Senior Citizen Buildings throughout the entire city. We are also including deliveries to public housing, family dwellings, and homebound residents. There is no need to provide proof of Residency in Newark to receive water. Paradise Baptist Church is working to fill in the gaps for our most vulnerable residents. Therefore, Paradise Baptist Church is arranging for the distribution of the water to the seniors directly to their buildings so they only have to come downstairs to their community rooms to get water. We will also be delivering to family housing units directly. At present, we are working to contribute to those in need based on supply and demand.

Donations can be given by ordering water directly online and having it shipped to the Church:

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