NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Members of a social club banded together and paid off the electricity bill of a struggling Woonsocket church, days after National Grid shut off the church's power.

Mike Kind is chairman of the Italian Workingmen's Club in Woonsocket. He told The Woonsocket Call that members of his club gave a $1,000 check on Friday to Pastor Rebecca Lambert of The River United Methodist Church.

Church officials told WLNE-TV that they're hoping to get the power turned back on this week. They say the church couldn't afford to keep the lights on and appliances running, and National Grid shut off the power on Tuesday last week.

The church provides regular meals and clothing to homeless and poor people in the area.

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