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Believers Church helps foster families

WARREN — Members of Believers Church in Howland stepped up to help foster families and children by working with Trumbull County Children Services.

Gina Cameneti, wife of pastor Joe Cameneti, said the congregation helps people in the community year round and especially at the holidays.

“We decided to work with Trumbull Children Services and help those unsung heroes who are helping the children. These are the families who have taken the children into their homes to care for them. They are true heroes,” Cameneti said.

The church members provided monetary donations to be used for gift certificates for food, toys and other items for four of the foster families identified by the agency as needing help.

Cameneti said it has been a challenging year for everyone with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic effects.

“The members of the congregation have always stepped up to help the community. We are celebrating the families and showing appreciation for all they do,” she said.

Renee Bastounis, director of in-house services for TCCS, said the church reached out to the agency to help during the holiday season.

“They have always been a great partner with us. Their congregation has always been very generous and helpful to the children. We appreciate what they do for us all year,” Bastounis said.

She said the church stepped up and made sure the children had food and gifts during the holiday season.

“This year was difficult on so many levels for families. These families are doing all they can to work with the children. The church made such a difference,” Bastounis said.

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