Local Gamers Come to the Rescue of Jesus Statue Vandalized at Manorville Shrine!
Posted: 8:21 am Friday, March 16th, 2018
By Donna Donna
You probably heard on the news, the statue of Jesus in the garden at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Manorville was vandalized last week when someone smashed Jesus’ face.
Parishioners and area residents began raising money to fix the life-size statue. They want to have it fixed in time for the Stations of the Cross that traditionally commemorate Good Friday on March 30.
David Ringhiser, 37, of Mastic, said he usually plays Pokemon Go at the shrine, which he said has several PokeStops — which are locations where players collect game items, Newsday reported. He created an online fundraiser Wednesday night to help fix the statue and shared it in Facebook groups for local Pokemon Go players, Newsday reported
“A lot of us play Pokemon Go there to load up on items. I think they are great to let us drive around or walk around there with no issues,” Ringhiser wrote.
More than $1,000 has been collected, mostly from people who play the game, Ringhiser said.
The Rev. Pete D’Abele, an administrator at Shrine of Our Lady, said he hasn’t noticed the players, who walk the grounds with their eyes trained on their phones or drive slowly through the parking lot. So he was surprised when Ringhiser stopped by at the church Thursday morning.
“It’s good,” D’Abele told Newsday. “I guess he wanted to pay it forward.”
Ringhiser said he hopes to raise $5,000 for the repair.
“It’s a beautiful place and right now they have a garbage bag covering the statue. They shouldn’t have something like that there,” Ringhiser told Newsday. “We’re just trying to help.”