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Kerala Church opens its coffers for cash-strapped public

  • Ever since the union government demonetized ₹500 and ₹1000 notes, people were on the run for lower denomination currencies. 
  • Much to the relief of the local people,St. Martin De Porres Church in Ernakulam unlocked its collection boxes for the public.
  • Two hundred families in the locality benefited from the service.
Church in Kerala opens its offering boxes for public

When the whole country is running pillar to post for notes and coins of lower denomination, a church in Kerala has set an example by opening its offering boxes for the public to meet their daily expenses. 


Church authorities of St. Martin De Porres Church at Kakkanad in Ernakulam decided to unlock the contribution chests after they received numerous grievances from people that there was a severe shortage of coins and notes after the Central Government banned notes of ₹500 and ₹1000. 


"We opened the chests for public on Sunday morning. Those who are in desperate need for money can take from the boxes and can deposit back whenever they have enough money with them," said Father Jimmy Poochakkat, spokesperson of Syro-Malabar Church. 


"Some people used the money to buy groceries and to pay back small loans. People with no debit cards also used the facility," said Joshi Chirayath and Jiju Vanikulam, trustees of the church.


Around 200 families in the locality benefitted from the service extended by the church. Even after the banks downed shutters, the doors of the church remained opened.

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